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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.


Dr Gill Chitty, Research Strength Leader 
Gill Chitty is the Director of the Conservation Studies MA programmes and the Centre for Conservation Studies. Before joining the Department of Archaeology at York, Gill was Head of Conservation at the Council for British Archaeology responsible for research and policy. She has over 35 years professional experience in the heritage sector working in conservation and public archaeology.

Research Projects

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

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

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 

"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

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
  • Key Contacts

Alumni: Stay in touch

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