2020 online content

The online films, talks and blogs for the 2020 festival are below.

The short films have been produced by Sharpstick Films.

Sharpstick Films YouTube channel


Here is our video in conjunction with the River Foss Society.

York’s second river once looked very different – find out why there is a gap in the City Walls, and learn about the history of this area.

The festival was happy to work with York Liberal Jewish Community to produce a film on the history of Clifford’s Tower from a Jewish perspective. The pogrom of 1190 there led to the deaths of 150 people. Access to the tower was by kind permission of English Heritage.

Friends of York Walls (link) have been promoting the City Walls for almost a decade now. Thanks to City of York Council we were granted access to two of the towers that are usually closed to the public.

Fishergate Corner Tower (Tower 39) is near Fishergate Postern Tower.

Sadler Tower (Tower 7) is near Victoria Bar.

Flickr Gallery of York Walls images, from the Explore York Archive.

Click on the image to explore 29 photos of the City Walls throughout the past centuries.


Even more content here:

  • Check out our blog page for an insight into what it is like to care for the City Walls. Dr. Louisa Hood, Bar Walls Manager, explores the topic of conservation here.
  • Ian Tempest presents ‘Red Brick York’. This talk was held on  Zoom on Weds 12th August. Don’t worry if you missed it though, as a pdf version of the talk is linked below. It features many well-known York buildings such as King’s Manor and Red Tower.

Red Brick Tour 2020 Walls Festival Final 12 Aug 2020

  • York’s World Heritage Site Steering Group presentation is linked below. Ian Tempest, a member of the steering committee, will be at Red Tower on festival weekend if you have any questions. This was first shown at the Festival of Ideas in June 2020.

WHS Presentation