Educational WorkShandy Hall can welcome pupils and students of all ages and abilities.

Workshops have taken place in the gallery, in the 15th century old kitchen, in Coxwold church clock-tower, in the gardens that surround the house, in Coxwold graveyard, in the old quarry and in the village hall. Many of these workshops are connected with specific exhibitions but others are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the school or university. Generally the focus is on the non-linear aspect of Sterne’s writings, encouraging the student to forget the tyranny of ‘beginning, middle and end’ and concentrate on experiment and imagination.

Workshops are lead by the curator or by artists/writers in residence and are devised to cover a wide range of approaches to fiction, illustration and book-making.

Education groups that have visited Coxwold and worked on projects in association with Shandy Hall include:

Portsmouth Grammar School; Upton Hall School, Wirral; Boroughbridge High School; Fulford Secondary School, York; Easingwold School, York; Carlton Miniott Primary; Husthwaite Primary; Riverside Community School, Tadcaster; The University of York; University of Teesside; University of York St John; University of Northumbria; Leeds Trinity University College; Leeds Beckett University Yamanashi Prefectural University (Japan) University of Pennsylvania (annual student internship).

Example projects include:

The University of Teesside English Department (Head: Rachel Carrol) brought their first year students to Shandy Hall as part of their induction week. The visits first took place in 2004 and became an annual fixture. The students spend most of the day in the village, visit the church, have lunch at the tea-rooms and hold creative writing workshops in the gallery at Shandy Hall. The curator holds a special workshop on non-linear narrative and contemporary fiction in the Hall.

The University of Teesside Graphic Design Department (Head: Michael Hall) has been engaged with producing work for display and sale in connection with exhibitions at the Hall. Ten students submitted work (based on an excerpt from Tristram Shandy) for exhibition alongside the Patrick Caulfield exhibition and produced outstanding work for their modules, all part of their degree. This collaboration took place again in conjunction with the exhibition by Patrick Hughes.

National Association of Writers in Education

NAWE is closely associated with Shandy Hall and the house acts as its registered office. Articles concerning exhibitions have frequently appeared in the organisation’s magazine and members have rented the accommodation, Wolfson Cottage for workshops.

York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust have been partners and have kindly loaned items from their collections for various exhibitions and participated in other projects.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust assisted with the ‘Winged Skull’ exhibition and have also advised on the development of the wild garden as a wildlife habitat.

Video - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Trailer


Associated Links

Re-enactment Interviews
Articles on The University of York Website

Tristram Shandy Trailer
Video on YouTube

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