About the Society

The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. 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.

Buildings, nevertheless, have been a matter of central concern and the Society succeeded in establishing the principle that York’s rich heritage of Georgian architecture was worthy of protection and sympathetic maintenance. While no major Georgian buildings in York are now threatened with demolition, the Society is necessarily vigilant about matters such as the potential loss of interiors and fittings, the threat posed by ill-considered development, and the negative impact of inappropriate street paving and signage.

The Society organises a lively programme of summer visits to country houses and other Georgian buildings (for members and their guests), and an acclaimed series of winter lectures (open to all and free to members). The Society’s activities are recorded in an illustrated Annual Report distributed to members.

A fascinating account of the Society’s foundation and its history from 1939 to 1951 is provided by the illustrated text of a lecture Early Years of the York Georgian Society given by Dr Katherine Webb, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, on 9 December 2009.

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