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YCAA Study Day in Scarborough, Saturday 16 March 2019


York Conservation Alumni Association is delighted that alumni Stephen Gandolfi (2015/17), Conservation Officer at Scarborough Council, is currently arranging a study day in the town on behalf of YCAA members.

The site of a Roman signal station, Scarborough became an established town during the medieval era when an Angevin stone castle was established on the headland. Thereafter, it transformed into a spa town from the C17 onwards, and became the first popular British seaside resort destination in the C19. It remains the largest such resort in Yorkshire.

Consequently, the study day will address conservation issues that are pertinent to British coastal resorts with rich heritage. These are likely to include environmental issues, such as coastal erosion, as well as man-made issues, including the rise and fall (and rise again?) of the British seaside resort, the role heritage and conservation can play in coastal resort regeneration, and challenges set by high levels of socio-economic inequality.

An itinerary for the day is currently being put together by Stephen, but may well include:

A full schedule of the day will be made available shortly, when alumni will be able to sign-up via an Eventbrite page.

There will be no charge for the study trip, however alumni will be required to provide their own transport (there are plenty of reasonably priced hourly trains from York to Scarborough) and pay for their own lunch and sundries. [Fish & Chips and ice creams will likely be on the menu – regardless of the weather!]


South Cliff Gardens undergoing engineering works to prevent further cliff erosion. SOURCE: South Cliff Gardens Twitter



Past Events


Taught by Timbers

Lecture by Master Carpenter Rudy R. Christian
Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 10.15am
Room G/33, King’s Manor, University of York
All welcome.


Master Carpenter Rudy R. Christian talks about a lifetime of learning, from timber frame buildings from within a stone’s throw of where he was born in Michigan in the United States, to as far away as the magic of Mandalay, Myanmar. (Headline photo: Traditionalbuilding.com)

‘Many of us who have spent their life in the trades are quite aware that the buildings and structures we work on are often our best teachers. Few of the builders of the past spent time writing down what they had learned in order to teach future generations of tradespeople. And in truth, they couldn’t. Learning a trade is an experiential process, and for those who have devoted their life to it, it is an unending process.’ ~Rudy R. Christian



Heptonstall: a case in partnership working

Tuesday 28 March, 9.18 train from York to Hebden Bridge

Richard Storah, a York Conservation Studies alumnus, has offered to show current students and interested alumni around his work sites in Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd.

We’ll be visiting St Thomas the Apostle’s Church in Heptonstall, Heptonstall Methodist Church and St Michael’s Church in Mytholmroyd. The Heptonstall church projects are grant funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Mytholmroyd is largely funded by insurers, but also will involve work from the Environment Agency. St Michael’s Church was severely damaged by the floods at Christmas 2015 and is currently undergoing repairwork (seen in the image).

Impact of flood on the area, flood recovery and role of Environment Agency and/or HLF in building projects, are just a few discussion points to be explored; not to mention the opportunity to put on a hardhat and examine ongoing work close up on the scaffolding!

Train ticket price from York to Hebden Bridge and back is extra (£12 return with a student or senior rail card, £18 standard return). Please bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather. Sturdy footwear is essential for climbing on scaffolding. Return time (18.36) is approximate.

If you would like to go on this study trip please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heptonstall-a-case-in-partnership-working-tickets-31963967086


Past Events

'Resilient York: Sustaining an historic city through flooding & beyond' day conference, Friday 4th November 2016, King's Manor, York

Following York’s experience of major flooding last December, this day conference brings together speakers from local and national organisations to look at how we can be better prepared for the future risks facing York’s historic centre. Can we work strategically and locally to create a more resilient city by adapting, preparing and conserving to better protect York’s vulnerable heritage?

The event will focus on sharing ideas, planning and experience around ways for the civic and research community to work together to create a more resilient city. Can we better equip the citizens of York with information and appropriate expectations about likely flooding events and other disasters in the future? Are there low-cost preventative and practical measures we can explore to protect the city’s heritage and its communities.

The Resilient York Conference is a partnership event organised and facilitated by York Civic Trust, York Conservation Alumni Association and the University of York’s Department of Archaeology, assisted by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at: http://tinyurl.com/zczvl52, with a discounted rate on offer for University of York students.

See the Resilient York website for more details, including a provisional conference programme.

Contact Duncan Marks at djem500@york.ac.uk for further information or to answer any questions you may have.

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