Yorkshire Survey – what have we been doing?

As I’ve mentioned before in an earlier blog (see here) we have tried something a bit different preparing for the new ‘Snapshot of Yorkshire’ exhibition which is opening this weekend at Abbey House. We put out a call for people to complete our Yorkshire Survey to find out what people had to say about the county, the people and places in it, and how they identify with it. We had a fantastic number of responses, so I wanted to give you a little bit more information on what we have been doing with them.

The surveys have been used in a variety of ways, which hopefully people will see in the exhibition. Most obviously to the visitor, each case features either a quote related to the subject on display, or a list of top 5’s that I have compiled using responses to questions like “What food and drink do you associate with Yorkshire?” We will then also have a digital screen which will be running a series of quotes from the surveys in response to some of the questions that we posed, alongside some of the images from our ‘Snapshot of Yorkshire’ photography competition.

Going through all of the responses was a long, but ultimately, very rewarding task. It showed people all had their own unique view on Yorkshire, wherever they originated from or live now. We had responses from Australia, America, Scotland, and even as far away as distant Lancashire. I have it on good authority that every Yorkshire Day, the Yorkshire flag is flying on at least one Oslo balcony.

Once the exhibition is up and running I’m hoping to put together another couple of blog posts looking more specifically at one or two of the questions that we asked, but for now, on behalf of everyone at Abbey House Museum, I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that took the time to complete our survey.

If you fancy visiting the exhibition, it opens this Saturday and runs until the end of December.

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