Study day 2017 Part III: Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Heptonstall

Written by Dan Edmunds

Following on from the visit to Heptonstall’s Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and Sunday school, the group made its way up to the village’s twin churches of St. Thomas. Upon arriving at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle (1850-1854), the Churchwarden, Graham Kidd, gave us a brief context of the building.

The church is a good example of reflective and progressive approaches to architectural development. Continue reading


Study day 2017 Part II: Heptonstall Methodist Chapel and Sunday School

Written by Eric Carter

The first site visit on the study tour was Hepstonstall Methodist Church (grade II*) and its neighbouring Sunday school building (unlisted but in the setting of a listed building). The church dates from 1764 and is said to be the oldest Methodist chapel in continual use (although apparently Yarm Chapel also makes this claim!). Originally the building was an interesting octagonal shape as approved by John Wesley, and used in a number of other Methodist chapels, but was extended in 1802. The Sunday school was built in 1891. Both buildings have significant condition problems. Continue reading

Study day 2017 Part I: ‘The Scene Stands Stubborn’ – Churches and chapels in the Upper Calder Valley

Written by Eric Carter, Dan Edmunds & Sean Rawling, edited and introduced by Duncan Marks (all current York University MA in Conservation Studies students)

Reflecting recent developments in conservation, one of the running themes in the MA in Conservation Studies programme at York is the impact of climate change, and how this requires us to consider sustainability, retro-fitting, and post-disaster management of the built historic environment. Recently, too, the YCAA co-facilitated Resilient York, a successful day conference that explored ways in which York’s communities and historic buildings can be better prepared for the city’s frequent flooding.

It was therefore both timely and very much welcomed when YCAA member, Richard Storah of Storah Architecture, invited members, especially current MA students, to visit three sites in West Yorkshire’s beautiful Upper Calder Valley where he is leading restoration projects addressing different effects of climate change. Continue reading

SPAB Fellowship: On the heritage trail…

Written by Lizzy Hippisley-Cox

Dean's Eye Lincoln
Dean’s Eye Lincoln

This year, the William Morris Craft Fellowship celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, and since its genesis in 1987 it has given over 100 craftspeople working on historic buildings the chance to step away from the workbench/scaffold/microscope and go behind the scenes of a great many recent and on-going conservation projects across the UK. Every year a group of three or four Fellows are chosen to travel together, guided and hosted by the architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators and craftspeople working on these fascinating projects. Continue reading

Resilient York Conference: An overview

dsc_0196Dr. Neil Macdonald presenting his paper at the Resilient York conference, 4 November 2016

Written by Sean Rawling, MA student in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings)

Resilient York was held at the University of York on Friday 4th November 2016. This one-day conference brought together a vast and varied array of national experts aiming to discuss the effects of York’s 2015 Boxing Day floods and how the city can be better prepared to deal with them in the future. Continue reading

2016 Conservation Studies Graduation

graduates-gill2016 Conservation Studies Graduates, left to right: Robert Dawson, Hattie Marshman Harris, Evangelia Kostaki-Kassandrou, Angela Morris, Kristin Potterton, Amy Higgins, and Alessandra Sprega. (Photo courtesy Gill Chitty)

Written by Gill Chitty and Kristin Potterton

On Saturday 21 January, 2016 graduands from the MA Conservation Studies programmes were awarded their degrees by the University of York’s Vice Chancellor, Koen Lamberts. You can watch the ceremony here Continue reading

‘People Power! – Catalyst for Change’ IHBC Summer School 2016

Written by Angie Creswick

The weekend after the Brexit vote I attended the IHBC summer school in Worcester. At the conclusion of the event, where community engagement had been a recurring theme, I had a fascinating tour of three of Worcester’s Georgian churches. The conservation needs of these churches is being addressed through three very different approaches. Continue reading