The York Consortium is an association of individuals and companies who are actively engaged in or support the conservation of built and artistic heritage, and the craft skills necessary for its preservation. While most of our member conservators and crafts workers are based in the city of York and the surrounding area, their knowledge and skills are in demand locally, nationally and internationally. 

Membership is open to all. 
Click here for information about membership 
services and how to join.

Bursaries and grants are provided via the York
Consortium’s charitable arm, the York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship (Charity no. 1075315). Click here for a list of those who have donated to the investment fund, here for a list of previous bursary winners, and here for information about bursaries available and how to apply.


The main objectives of the Consortium are:

  • To promote to the widest audience the skills, knowledge and capabilities available in York, over a diverse and growing range of conservation specialisms, in order to attract additional work and funding.
  • To build on York’s enviable reputation as a nationally and internationally recognized centre for conservation practice, research, and teaching.

This is primarily achieved by: 

  • Attracting conservators and craftsmen to settle and work in York and stimulate business for the sector.
  • Promoting York as the natural place within the UK to hold heritage-related conferences, meetings, training courses and exhibitions.
  • Attracting more people to York to learn about heritage conservation at both the theoretical and the practical level.
  • Providing a range of membership services and support.
  • Working with other York-based organizations to show off the successful conservation of York’s buildings, archaeology and collections.
  • Sharing York’s experience and expertise on a worldwide  scale.
  • Encouraging and facilitating the training of students by the disbursement of awards and grants.

News Highlights

2016 AGM and John Shannon Lecture

The Annual General Meeting of the Consortium, to be chaired by our President Dr Peter Addyman, will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday the 28th of June, 2016.  We are fortunate once again to be allowed by the Governor and Company of the Merchant Adventurers the use of their magnificent Hall for the event. 

The John Shannon Conservation Lecture is given this year by Glenn Young, Managing Director of the Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd and YCCC Committee member, whose subject will be “Ensuring a Legacy of Traditional Skills”.

Consortium member Emma Woods awarded MBE

Emma Woods, owner of Duncombe Sawmill, is in this year’s New Year’s Honours list and will be invited to Buckingham Palace for an investiture ceremony in 2016.
With no previous industry experience, Emma took over the  sawmill in 2003 as it faced closure and has spent the past decade making it what it is today: a niche timber business which prides itself on manufacturing good quality British products and offering outstanding customer service. By taking on the business Emma, 48, ensured valuable skills, passed down through generations for well over a century, were not lost forever.
Today the sawmill employs a team of eight people and enjoys a reputation for sourcing  British timber to create gates, fencing, outdoor furniture and timber framed buildings using traditional woodworking techniques. Clients include the North York Moors National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and London Fashion Week.