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.  

Southwell Minster Heritage Crafts Day





AGM 2017 Reports now available!

The York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship and York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship Annual Report is now available.  Please click below to access a PDF version.  Paper copies will be available at the AGM.


2017 John Shannon Memorial Lecture and AGM

The York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship AGM and John Shannon Memorial Lecture will take place at the York Merchant Adventurer's Hall on the evening of June 27, 2017, at 7 pm.  

The guest speaker this year will be Professor Jonathan Ashley-Smith, with a talk entitled 'Conservation Futures'. 

2017 John Shannon Memorial Lecture Date Announced!

This year's lecture will be taking place on the evening of 27th of June at the Merchant Adventurers Hall.  Further details to follow, but please mark your diaries!

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.


New Directory now in progress

The York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship committee is currently in the process of producing a new Directory to replace the extremely successful 2013 edition.  Members should expect to be contacted via email or telephone in due course. If you are interested in being listed within the new production and have not yet heard from us, please contact Dr. Birte Walbers at the email address after this link.  

Conservation survey results now available!

‘Strategies for Sustainability Survey Report: Conservation and Collections Care in Yorkshire, 2015’

York and Yorkshire are home to an amazing number of museums and galleries containing a wide range of collection types. However, curation and care of these collections, many of national importance, is becoming increasingly challenging in the current financial climate. In spring 2015 the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship (YCCC) collaborated with Museum Development Yorkshire (MDY) to commission a report on the current state of conservation and collections care within the region in an effort to gain a better understanding of how to create a sustainable future.
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