Centre for Conservation Studies

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.

Research Projects

Resilent York Sustaining an historic city through flooding and beyond

Help Local Heritage Buildings - a pilot project to survey condition of heritage buildings in York

Engaging Conservation - Communities & capacity building in conservation practice

York Minster Revealed - Conservation and building archaeology, an impact case study

Within the Walls - assessing heritage values in York

Sustaining Heritage Stewardship - Council for British Archaeology 

Conserving Tradition and Trades - East Peak Innovation Partnership 

Conservation and craftsmanship in Yorkshire - NHTA

International collaborations

Diadrasis, Greece: Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological & Architectural Conservation

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

Savannah Technical College, USA: Historic Preservation Department on Facebook

"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


Continuing Professional Development



Academic enquiries
Gill Chitty

Postgraduate Administrator 
Janine Lyon
01904 323963

Conservation Studies Alumni Association
Stay in touch 

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