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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.

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.

Consortium member Emma Woods awarded MBE

The start of Emma’s career saw her studying antiques at Leeds University and then moving to London to inventory the Queen’s silver at the Royal Collection.  In 2003, having moved back to Yorkshire and as a customer of Duncombe Sawmill, she received a letter saying the 100 year old business was closing unless a buyer could be found.

Emma, who lives in Kirkbymoorside, explains: “My husband and I decided to take the sawmill on, which at the time was a risky decision as neither of us had ever worked in a business environment before or knew anything about timber.  But it just seemed so sad that this historic business was going to close. There had been three sawmills in Helmsley and now there was potentially going to be none. My husband had a full time job so it fell to me to work in the business. The first couple of years were extremely hard work and there were plenty of challenges – learning about timber and sawmilling, introducing computers and a modern accounting system and in 2006 we had a flash flood which ruined most of the machinery.
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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.

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