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

York provides new President for CIOB

Rebecca Thompson, YCCC Committee Member became the 114th President of the
Chartered Institute of Building in June. The CIOB has 47,000 members worldwide and
strives to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of

Bursary alumnus awarded PGC bursary

Russell Swift, winner of a 2016 York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship bursary, has been awarded a bursary by the Provincial Grand Charity.  Russell specialises in carpentry restoration work and has most recently worked on projects in the Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham areas.