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Centre for Conservation Studies

Contact details
Director: Gill Chitty

Postgraduate Administrator: Helen Chan (
+44 (0) 1904 323963

King's Manor

With an outstanding international reputation, the Centre for Conservation Studies leads research, education and training in the conservation of cultural heritage for students and professionals around the world. It maintains its established links, and welcomes new ones, with key organisations, institutions and professionals in the conservation and management of cultural heritage.

The Centre is integral to the Department of Archaeology at the University of York.  It offers the internationally-recognised Buildings Archaeology and Conservation Studies Masters programmes, established for over 40 years and the first of their kind in the UK. The postgraduate programmes, which build on the legacy of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies (IAAS), attract students, researchers and professionals from around the world. The progressive vision, multi-disciplinary approach and international profile of our heritage conservation research and teaching make York a global centre for cultural heritage.

Open short courses for continuing professional development run throughout the year.


English Heritage: Caring for Brodsworth: Public engagement with conservation in action, an impact study
Resilent York Sustaining an historic city through flooding and beyond
Engaging Conservation - Communities & capacity building in conservation practice

Research Networks

INTACH Heritage Academy, India: Centre for Conservation Training & Capacity Building

CEPT University, Faculty of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India

Diadrasis, Greece: Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological & Architectural Conservation

Duncan Gillard medal The Duncan Gillard Medal is awarded each year to the author of the best Conservation Studies dissertation.

Our students are an important part of our community. They come from all round the world and many keep in touch through the York Conservation Alumni Association.

"I had an excellent year studying conservation in York, interacting with an inter-disciplinary and international student body during intensive courses, workshops and study tours, led by many of the best experts in the field. I still witness the advantage of these experiences and connections, after ten years."

Ege Yildirim