The story of Coney Street has been more than a thousand years in the making. What’s next for York’s ancient high street, its extraordinary history, and the people who live, work and play in the heart of York?
StreetLife explores new ways to revitalise and diversify York’s Coney Street, drawing inspiration from the city’s rich history and vibrant creative communities. Since opening in 2022, the Hub at 29-31 Coney Street has been established as StreetLife’s central venue.
StreetLife began as a UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) project led by the University of York in partnership with the City of York Council, York Civic Trust, and York Music Venues Network. The project hosted over 100 free events and exhibitions; interacted with 137 businesses; connected with 51 voluntary sector organisations; and welcomed visitors each day from York and beyond. Innovative, immersive experiences combined digital and physical engagement from wide-ranging musical performances and audio-visual experiences, a fully functioning historic printing press, and collaborative workshops using the histories of York’s ancient high street to think differently about its future.
The Hub continues to open up the past to new audiences through community-led research to give a new shape and a new future to York’s long and varied history of printing and design, its musical heritage, and the vibrancy of its streetscape.
It currently provides incubator space for the StreetLife legacy projects: The Common Room, working to put the local community at the heart of regeneration projects; York Centre for Print, securing the future of traditional print techniques and celebrating York’s history of print and design; Jewish Neighbourhoods, dispelling myths and challenging preconceptions of York’s mediaeval Jewish community; and York's Historic Music Venues and Willow Community Archive Project, working to reconnect and record communities that have built up around music venues.
Read more about our current work on our projects page. Visit our events page to book free tickets to our upcoming workshops, talks, and performances. For more information about the StreetLife Hub and its opening times, check out the venues page.