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.

Keith Barley awarded MBE

Barley Studio are delighted to announce Founder and Managing Director Keith Barley's recent award of an MBE for 'for service to cultural restoration and conservation' in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.

2015 Bursary Awards

At the AGM in June the York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship announced its most successful year to date, with a total of  £17,500 being awarded to a total of 20 conservators / craftsmen.  The bursary scheme has, again, been supported by the Freemasons’ Provincial Grand Charity, the York Company of Merchant Taylors and the Historic Houses Association.  This year we have also been supported by The Surveyors Club, a small association of conservation professionals that has focused its skills on the nation’s built heritage since 1792.

AGM and John Shannon Lecture 2015

The  17th  YCCC Annual General Meeting  was held on June 30th 2015 at the Merchant Adventurer's Hall, York, with our President, Dr Peter Addyman presiding.
The Consortium Chairman, Martin Stancliffe,  was able to report a number of successes during the year,  most notably the very productive fundraising campaign to augment the Consortium's Foundation Bursary Fund, enabling it to meet the rising demand in training bursaries. Donations, he said, were always welcome, especially from YCCC members, to boost the Members Bursary Fund.  Martin also outlined an exciting 'vision' for the future of the Consortium in furthering the accessibility of heritage skills to a much wider audience through a range of new initiatives, and invited views from the membership on this. Members will have received the full text of this report with their AGM papers.

The 2015 YCCC Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship will be held at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 30th June 2015 in the Merchant Adventurers' Hall by kind invitation of the Governor and Company.  Following the formal business of the AGM there will be a reception in the Undercroft, where we will be joined by members of the York Civic Trust and other specially invited guests.  At 8.00 pm we will return to the Hall for the presentations of the 2014 Foundation Bursary Awards and the Consortium's Trophy and Prize.  The presentations will be immediately followed by the John Shannon Conservation Lecture, given this year by Melanie Aspey.  Her talk is entitled, 'Does the past still speak to the present?  Reflections from the Rothschild Archive'. 

2015 Grants and Bursaries

Applications are invited by the York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship for bursaries to assist the training of craftsmen and conservators.  Bursaries of up to £1500 each are available to further the knowledge and skills of craftsmen and conservators at various stages of their careers.  This can include CPD courses.  Bursaries of up to £3000 are offered to encourage and assist established craftsmen and conservators to take on a new apprentice/trainee. 
The total sum available is £15,000, provided from the Foundation’s own Bursary Fund, and the generosity of  four organisations which support the Foundation’s aims: the Surveyors’ Club, the York Company of Merchant Taylors, the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Freemasons, and the Historic Houses Association (Yorkshire Region).  While these latter awards are restricted to people with links to York and Yorkshire, the other awards have no such restriction (though if all other things prove equal, preference will be given to an applicant living, training or employed in the Yorkshire Region).

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