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2019 Bursary Winner Tracey Cartledge

Find out from Tracey Cartledge what’s involved in lifting and restoring precious mosaic floors. Her fascinating account can be accessed here.

Christmas Message from the YCCC

Dear Consortium Member,

This comes to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a prosperous and creative New Year!

It is also an opportunity to let you have three pieces of good news.

The first is that we have now appointed our first Conservation Research Officer.  Following a recruitment process which brought in 26 applications for the post, a short list of 6 potential candidates was interviewed, and the selection panel unanimously determined to offer the job to Dr Katie Harrison (pictured).  She has now accepted the job, and will start in mid January.  This is a paid post and is for 3 days per week for 18 months.  Katie will be based at King’s Manor, kindly arranged by trustee Gill Chitty.  We plan a brief profile of her in the January Newsletter.  It is a very exciting moment, and we wish her well in the post!

The second is to welcome Jonathan Bryant as a new trustee to the Foundation following the resignation of David Fraser.  Jonathan is CEO of York Conservation Trust, and so brings a wealth of experience and expertise to YFCC. He attended his first meeting earlier this week.

The third is that James Grierson, trustee and secretary to YFCC, has been appointed the new Chair of ICON – the national Institute of Conservation. This is really good news in several ways:  he will undoubtedly bring a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the benefit of ICON;  he will be in a key position to build bridges within the sector;  he will be well placed to cement links between YCCC and ICON;  and this will inevitably bring YCCC and its work to view in a wider than regional context.  The downside is that because of the potential for conflicts of interest, James feels he must stand down from running the Bursary Scheme, which he has done with such dedication for several years.  But committee member Tracey Wilcockson has nobly stepped forward to take his place, at least for this year.  James will remain a committee member of the Consortium and trustee and secretary of the Foundation.

Happy Christmas!

Martin Stancliffe


New Trustee — Jonathan Bryant

Following the retirement of David Fraser the York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship welcomes Jonathan Bryant as a new Trustee who, since April 2018, has been working as Secretary & CEO of York Conservation Trust.
Following a degree in physics at Sussex, Jonathan pursued an interest in Industrial Archaeology, studying post graduate museums studies at Leicester and taking a business management degree at the University of Dundee.
The River & Rowing Museum in Henley, Thinktank in Birmingham, Royal Research Ship Discovery & Verdant Works in Dundee are some of the museum developments that he has been responsible for.
He was a founder of the Association of Independent Museums serving as both Secretary & Chairman and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
At British Waterways he ran the property portfolio in Scotland and customer service throughout the UK.
Through his consulting company Roseangle, Jonathan has undertaken projects for National Trust for Scotland, London Transport Museum, Imperial War Museum and Tullie House / Carlisle City Council.
He is a Trustee and Company Director at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Career Opportunity – YCCC Conservation Research Officer

York Consortium for Conservation & Craftsmanship is now seeking to make its first appointment.

The role will be very varied and encompass a number of distinct, but complementary, projects and work streams all geared to priming YCCC (and its charitable foundation) for the next phase of its development.

The role calls for someone with a broad interest in heritage who is self-motivated, energetic, flexible, mature in outlook, analytical, business-like and with good people and networking skills.  The role is a wonderful opportunity to develop a strong heritage network and make a very visible personal impact.


Location : York.  The role will be based at Kings Manor in the centre of York but some travel will be required across the region and you will need to have a car.

Organisation : York Consortium for Conservation & Craftsmanship

Hours : 25 hours per week. Part time.  Flexible but indicatively 3 days a week

Term : This is an 18 month fixed term contract.

Salary : £18,750 (pro rata £30,000 full time)

Holiday: 16 working days pa (pro rata 26 days full time)

Closing date: Sunday 3rd November 2019

How to apply: For further information please download the Conservation Research Officer Brief.




Barley Studio Artist and Creative Director Helen Whittaker is delighted to have been chosen to help promote the United Kingdom Government’s international campaign to showcase British talent in the creative sector.

‘The GREAT Britain campaign captures the best of all that is familiar about the UK, but also what is new and surprising about this country.’

New Student/ Apprentice Memberships to the YCCC

This year we have for the first time accepted membership applications from students and apprentices working towards a career in the built heritage. These are registered as student members of the YCCC.

This, it is hoped, will form the basis of a varied membership going forward and as these students progress, we can look forward to a new bank of supportive and interesting younger members. We constantly strive to broaden our base of interest and we are glad to reach out to those wanting to be a part of the conservation and craft environment.

If you are working towards a career in the built environment, or a professional career in heritage and conservation, please give membership some consideration. Your first year could be free

Craftsmanship Award for Houghtons of York

Consortium members Houghtons of York were again delighted to receive the York Guild of Building Craftsmanship award for their recreation of Sir John Soane’s Ark of the Masonic covenant. The Ark was destroyed in a fire in 1883 with the recreation being commissioned to celebrate the tercentenary of the establishment of freemasonry in London. It was exhibited in the Soane museum before being moved to its permanent home in the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

YFCC Secretary Chairing York Museums Trust

Foundation Trustee and Honorary Secretary James Grierson has recently been appointed as Chair of York Museums Trust. He is pictured in the Castle Museum’s much-loved Kirkgate in front of a retail name that will be very familiar to the Consortium’s older members (including James). Significant work is under way to prepare for a major extension and refurbishment to the Castle Museum in a project which will better reveal the story of York’s Castle, its Debtors’ and Women’s prisons and the extraordinary richness of its collections. The proposal will form a key part of the Castle Gateway regeneration scheme which will create one of the North’s most beautiful public spaces.

York provides new President for CIOB

The CIOB are backed by a Royal Charter. Rebecca started her construction career with the Shepherd Group, and follows two past CIOB Presidents; Sir Peter Shepherd and Dr Paul Shepherd.

Rebecca now specialises in our built heritage and is the CEO and founder of Thompson Heritage Consultancy Ltd. In her Presidential year Rebecca would like to enhance the skills of heritage professionals, promote diversity and inclusion in this sector and inspire the next generation of construction professionals; objectives that fit perfectly with YCCC bursaries and development of all heritage craft and conservation skills.

Rebecca is very proud of her roots and the city where she was born and raised, and hopes that this appointment will reinforce York’s enviable reputation as a nationally and internationally recognised centre for conservation practice, research and teaching.

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.