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.

Ian Small 1943-2018

The York Georgian Society heard with sadness the news of the death of Ian Small, our former Chairman, on 29 October, after a short illness. Ian's service to the Society and his enthusiasm for every aspect of its work will long be remembered. Ian was headmaster of Bootham School 1988-2004 and the school has published a short appreciation on its website.

Coming up on 12 January 2019

Dr Johnson on Shakespeare

David Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Bristol, will suggest that though we may disagree with Johnson on particular points of Shakespearian interpretation, this will seldom be simply because his larger assumptions are outmoded and merely of their time. Indeed, he will argue that some of Johnson’s most controversial remarks can serve as a welcome challenge to rarely-questioned present-day orthodoxies concerning Shakespeare.

Future 2018-19 lectures

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.