Welcome to York Georgian Society

Arms of York on the Mansion House facade
The Mansion House pediment restored and repainted with the support of a grant from YGS (photo RG)

The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering their study and appreciation. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.

Our 2018-19 Winter Lecture series

We have a varied selection of lectures in the current season covering many different aspects of Georgian society and culture. These are being held in a new venue for the society, at the Friargate Quaker Meeting House, whose own history stretches back to 1673 though the building itself is modern. This will make it much easier to socialise with tea and coffee available, and it is readily accessible to public transport. Lectures are open to everyone, though we do ask for a donation from non-members.


Coming up on 9 March 2019

William Etty and the Royal Academy: Social Origins and Educational Opportunity in the Early Nineteenth-Century Art World

Martin Myrone, Curator of 18th and 19th Century British Art, Tate Britain

William Etty (1787-1849) rose from relatively humble origins as a baker’s son in York to become one of the most famous artists of his day. His remarkable career as a painter of literary and mythological narratives was singled out as an example of the new opportunities arising with the progress of modern society. This talk will cast fresh light on the question of the social ascent of artists in the late Georgian period. It will consider how typical, or atypical, was Etty’s trajectory through the early nineteenth-century London art world, and how this might have influenced his artistic choices and reputation.

This lecture will follow the Annual General Meeting of York Georgian Society and presentation of the Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2019. The afternoon's proceedings, consisting of the AGM and award presentation followed by the lecture, will commence at 2:30pm.

This is the final lecture in the Society's 2018-19 lecture programme. The programme for 2019-20 will be announced shortly. Meanwhile York Georgian Society is proud to be sponsoring the keynote lecture at the Defoe Society's 6th biennial conference in York on 12 July 2019 in memory of Ian Small, YGS chairman 2016-18.

The lectures have moved

Lectures are now in Friargate Quaker Meeting House in York's city centre.

See this page for more information.

The Society's next Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday 9 March 2019 at 2.30pm in the Friargate Friends' Meeting House.

It will be followed by the presentation of the annual Patrick Nuttgens Award and a lecture by Martin Myrone from Tate Britain on William Etty and the Royal Academy.