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York Conservation Alumni Association


WELCOME to your YCAA newsletter!


The theme this time is ‘networks’, with news of an upcoming reunion of alumni in York for the Class of 1988-89; a call for the Class of 1989-90 to make contact; a report on the fine work of our Americas Group; how alumni can keep in contact with YCAA via the University’s Department of Archaeology on LinkedIn, and opportunities to get involved in the running of the YCAA.

The newsletter also features two further fascinating articles by alumni on September’s YCAA study tour of Tallinn, Estonia, and details and a link to register for our upcoming study day in Scarborough.

We are always delighted to include news updates on our alumni’s activities, so please email if you have recently attended a conference, worked on a project, or have encountered a conservation issue that you’d like to reflect on and share?

In the meantime, the YCAA Facebook group helps you to stay in touch with the alumni family and share upcoming conservation and heritage-related events.

Duncan Marks and Kristin Potterton

York Conservation Alumni Association 


Americas Alumni Group Update

By Marilyn Williams, North American Representative

“The YCAA’s Americas Group formed in 2011 to keep graduates across the Atlantic up to date with the Conservation Studies programme and the YCAA. Additionally, the hope was to provide opportunity to discuss regional conservation issues and to use fellow alumni as professional resources.

“We are the first regional alumni group to be set up. We’re at 28 members so far – over 1/3 of all the Americas alumni – from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Calgary, Alberta and from Victoria, British Columbia to Tampa, Florida.

“There’s the potential to eventually have similar groups in India, Europe, or the Far East, for example, with each group having a point of contact who sits on the YCAA committee.

“It’s a challenge that we are spread geographically. Currently I provide the connection by attending YCAA Committee meetings remotely, sending out occasional updates, and maintaining a members’ contact list. We are a relaxed, low maintenance group with no cost or time commitment. I do someday hope we will have more opportunities to share local conservation knowledge and to connect in person.

Interested in joining the Americas network? Contact Marilyn

[If you are interested in setting up your own regional alumni group, do contact YCAA to see how we can help]

Class of 1988-89 Reunion: York, 12-14 July 2019

We are delighted that Arthur Andronas is currently coordinating a forthcoming reunion in York on 12-14 July for fellow alumni of the Class of 1988-89. Their time in York, including a return to King’s Manor, is due to coincide with the YCAA’s AGM, so we are hoping to work with the reunion to provide an additional event on the Saturday morning. Watch this space!

If you were alumni of the Class of 1988-89, and are interested in joining the reunion in York in July, please do get in contact with YCAA and we will put you in touch with Arthur – or join our Facebook Group to where contact can be made with Arthur directly.

Arthur Andronas on the dome of Our Lady of Victories Church, Melbourne. SOURCE:

Class of 1989-90!

By good coincidence, we have further news of a possible network forming for the Class of 1989-90! Ravi Gundu Rao is asking for any alumni of that year contact him, so that a sub-group and future events might be coordinated. Ravi, who is active in the YCAA Facebook Group, can be contacted via email.

Caption: Ravi Gundu Rao. SOURCE:

YCAA is now on LinkedIn!

Keep in touch with the Department of Archaeology on LinkedIn, and find out what we are up to! All former undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department of Archaeology, including Conservation Studies and the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, are invited to sign up to our alumni LinkedIn page (search for ‘Archaeology Alumni, York’ on LinkedIn ).

University of York’s 1960s architecture finally recognised

YCAA’s newsletter co-editor, Duncan Marks (Class of 2015/17), has recently contributed an article to the University of York’s YU Magazine. The article focuses on Historic England’s decision in late 2018 to designate aspects of the University’s 1960/70s campus, including Derwent College and Central Hall, but also one of the covered walkways and the campus landscape. The article also considers how this might now affect the rest of the campus, the ability of the university to evolve, and the importance the original campus architecture can hold for alumni, especially.

Derwent College in the 1960s (before the pyramidal roof lights were removed in 2012)

YCAA Opportunity: Newsletter editor(s)

There’s an exciting opportunity for Alumni to contribute to the future running and development of the YCAA. After more than two years service as the YCAA’s newsletter editors, the current editors will be stepping down from this role in July 2019.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled 1-2 person(s). Main duties and responsibilities include: maintaining and creating YCAA newsletter via the University (via Word) and blog content on a WordPress website. If necessary, training will be provided. The role is voluntary and rewarding – the committee is both friendly and welcoming and can be attended remotely using Skype if needs be! The position is an excellent opportunity to build on your own personal conservation network.

Are you interested? To find out more, contact the YCAA . We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for ‘pop-out’ events

Current MA in Conservation Studies postgraduates continue to eagerly seek YCAA alumni willing to be involved in a ‘pop-out’ event. These events are intended to be professional but informal opportunities for current students to gain exposure of conservation work and employment roles through contact with YCAA members currently working in the field. The content of any event — whether exploring past, present or future conservation work — is determined by you. However, the majority of event organisation, like travel, provision of suitable clothing, health and safety equipment, catering, and (if needs be) a venue, is student-led. Please email Jenna Manders-Wilde to discuss any ‘pop out’ opportunity you may have in mind; it’s a great way for current students to get more invaluable experience and explore career avenues!


Tallinn YCAA Study Tour, September 2018: Parts II & III

Following on from our last newsletter, which included an article by Jaanika Reinvald-Colley covering the first day of the Summer 2018 YCAA study tour of Tallinn, Estonia, two further fascinating articles complete the study tour’s write-up.

Tallinn Old Town seen from the ferry

Keith Garner (Class of 1992-93) explores Tallinn’s rich architecture, both modern and vernacular, while Peter Fisher (Class of 1972-73) surveys two, distinct regions of the city called Kadriorg and Kalamaja, each of which hold unique conservation issues and challenges.


YCAA Annual General Meeting, 13 July 2019

Save the date: This year’s YCAA AGM will be held in The King’s Manor at 2pm on Saturday 13 July 2019. All YCAA alumni are warmly invited to attend!

YCAA study day in Scarborough, Saturday 16 March 2019

The next YCAA study day will take place in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on Saturday 16 March 2019. The day is being kindly organised by YCAA alumni, Stephen Gandolfi (2015-17), who is the Conservation Officer at Scarborough Council.

South Cliff Gardens undergoing engineering works to prevent further cliff erosion. SOURCE: South Cliff Gardens Twitter

The site of a Roman signal station, Scarborough became an established town during the medieval era when an Angevin stone castle was established on the headland. Thereafter, it transformed into a spa town from the C17 onwards, and became the first popular British seaside resort destination in the C19. It remains the largest resort in Yorkshire.

Consequently, the study day will address conservation issues that are pertinent to British coastal resorts with rich heritage. These are likely to include environmental issues, such as coastal erosion, as well as man-made issues, including the rise and fall (and rise again?) of the British seaside resort, the role heritage and conservation can play in coastal resort regeneration, and challenges set by high levels of socio-economic inequality.

For full details of the day, including how to reserve a place on this free but restricted capacity event, please go to this Eventbrite page.

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