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2020 Bursary Applicants:

Please have a look at the Bursary page for an update about the potential impact of Covid-19 on the bursary process.

2019 Bursary Winner Caterina Celada Prior

Caterina Celada Prior received a bursary which enabled her to continue her MPhil in Textile Conservation from the University of Glasgow. A very detailed and interesting account of her studies can be accessed here.

Job Opportunity:

Barley Studio, York, specialists in stained glass creation and conservation, are pleased to announce a new job opportunity. Please click on this link for detailed information.

For Your Diaries: Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History Open Day 2020

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020

Time: 12:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

Location: The Robertson Building Level 3 & 5, 56 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6AQ

YCCC Members are invited to attend.

For more information and to register for the event, click on this eventbrite link.

For Your Diaries: Conference on Wall Painting Conservation

The Department for the History of Art at the University of York will be hosting a conference entitled:

Wall Painting Conservation and its Dilemmas in the Twenty-first Century: A Conference in Memory of Sharon Cather

16th-18th April, 2020

YCC Members are invited to attend.

The full programme, registration and other details of this conference in memory of Professor Sharon Cather are now online:

Save The Date!

The YCCC Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 16th 2020 at St Martin-cum-Gregory, Micklegate, York.

The speaker this year will be Jonathan Bryant, CEO of The York Conservation Trust.

Further details to follow…

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.