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York Conservation Alumni Association


The Class of 2019

Dr Louise Cooke reports: “2018/9 has started well with students joining the course from across the UK as well as Greece, Malta, USA, India and Brazil. As part of the core course we were able to visit the York Central Site (the North of England’s largest Brownfield site) to consider how conservation and communities are integrated within master plans. Our first practical skills module ran at King’s Manor with teaching from Nigel Copsey on traditional mortars and plasters, James Nolan  on lath panels and students had the opportunity to visit and work on stone in the York Minster Stoneyard.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Gareth Dean as Associate Lecturer to the Conservation Teaching team, joining Dr Gill Chitty and Dr Louise Cooke. Gareth’s research explores the multi-functional uses of urban timber framed buildings and the interaction between below ground archaeology and standing buildings to inform our understanding of the built environment in the past. Gareth has brought extra capacity to the Conservation team whilst Gill has the additional role of Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning & Students) for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in the University.

“Students are starting to think about dissertation topics and we welcome thoughts from Alumni on potential research and on any potential for student placements (even shadowing you in your work for a day or two is immensely beneficial).”

Attendees of the World Heritage Youth Forum in Bahrain

Alumni Laura Tapini  from Greek NGO Diadrasis organised the World Heritage Youth Forum in Bahrain with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities in June 2018. The session was addressed to young heritage professionals and aimed to transmit the values of World Heritage, highlighting the potential that World Heritage education may have towards facilitating sustainable development.  The forum explored the theme of ‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-changing World’ and culminated in the presentation of a declaration to the World Heritage Committee meeting. Dr Louise Cooke featured as one of the international experts presenting work on climate change and heritage.


YCAA alumni, including Jaanika Reinvald-Colley (centre), outside a traditional building of Kalamaja, Tallinn
Tallinn YCAA Study Tour, September 2018

Following the success of the Summer 2018 YCAA study tour of Tallinn, Estonia, a series of articles have been written by alumni who attended, and cover facets close to the itinerary of the visit: the largely intact medieval old town; the Kalamaja region that boasts some of the best examples of wooden architecture from first republic period of the interwar years, and the vernacular architecture in Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum. Articles are being serialised via the YCAA blog.

The first of these articles is by Jaanika Reinvald-Colley and explores Tallinn’s medieval old town and its conservation. Click here to read the full article. Further articles from the YCAA Tallinn study tour will follow in future newsletters.

New students, YCAA alumni, and Dr. Keith Emerick (far right) in front of St Mary_s Church, Studley Royal, by William Burges
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal YCAA study trip

The new cohort of MA students joined YCAA alumni for a study visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in late September 2018. Led by Dr. Keith Emerick (Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Historic England), a new focus this year included William Burges’s marvelous C19 Gothic Revival church on the site, and the impact of contemporary art installations in a World Heritage Site. A write-up of the day by one of our new MA students, Lily Liu, can be found here.

Get involved:

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 can 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 Duncan Marks, co-editor of the YCAA Newsletter. 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!

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University of York Boat Club

On the water

We’ve had a great year up to now and new coach Rob Cree is doing a great job in training up our squads and getting them ready for the rest of the year ahead. The start of Winter term saw great results at BUCS indoor event and beyond – there’s great potential for the rest of the year.

#quadsquad November 2017
















Click here to read all the recent results

October 2017

  • Senior Men’s eight won Head of the Dee.
  • York graduates and GB Start athletes Monty Pilkington and Stuart Hosie came an amazing 11th overall at Pairs head out of 479 crews and came 3rd in category.

November 2017

  • A mixed GB Start and club quad came second in category at Four Head, placing in the top 50 of a race which has around 480 crews in total involved this race included numerous Olympians and gold medallists.
  • Our crew was START athletes Calder Trewin-Marshall (current student) at stroke, Monty Pilkington, Stuart Hosie (both former students) and Senior Men’s Captain (UYBC athlete) Adam Williams

BUCS indoors

  • Win in senior men’s heavyweight: Phil Nesom
  • Win in men’s lightweight: Adam Williams
  • 2nd in women’s relay: Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds, Lizzie Maunder, Katie Mole, Isla McAully
  • 4 in women’s heavyweight and 500m sprint

December 2017

  • At Scullers Head Calder Trewin-Marshall (Start) and Phil Nesom (club) placed 3rd and 10th in their respective categories.
  • At White Rose Head the senior crews had good results, coming 3rd against Leeds and Liverpool in the Senior Women’s Eights, and 3rd in the Men’s quad against Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester.

BUCS February 2018
A strong York presence at BUCS weekend particularly for our York women on the tidal water of the Tyne, in testing conditions on day two of the competition.

  • York fielded 4 novice crews and 4 senior crews across the categories.
  • Our novice women’s eight came 10th of 27. Our senior women’s eight came 15th of a strong field of 43.

Coming up

  • York has 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries to the Head of the River races in London in 2 weeks… I think this is a record, certainly in recent memory.
















Alumni rowing success
  • Stuart Hosie, (Computer Science and Philosophy, 2017) and GB Start rower is currently rowing in New Zealand at Waikato Rowing Club. He has been very successful so far, winning at national regattas in crews there. Both recent graduates Stuart and Monty Pilkington (Geography, 2017) are hoping for selection to the FISU World University team by the end of this year. 
  • Former UYBC rower Steph Clutterbuck joins 2013 graduate Eloisa Cackett in winning Henley the year after leaving York. Steph also raced at the European University Games 2017.
Come and cheer on the White Rose

With Tyne Head and BUCS Head done, the club is looking ahead to WeHoRR and the Head of the River Race, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March.  We have 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries which is is a record, certainly in recent memory.  We hope you can join us – You can find details of where to watch here.

Much needed new women’s boat  


 Jorvik Annual Dinner  

The Jorvik Annual Dinner in November was a great night, with current students travelling down to Thames R.C. to enjoy the event with Jorvik members.  Special thanks to our Jorvik friends who not only organised the night but generously launched our fundraising appeal for new boats with an awesome £1,471 for the UYBC – thanks to the raffle, auction and a generous donation from Jorvik B.C.

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Events Coming up:
  • Annual Henley BBQ on the weekend of Henley Royal Regatta, held this year on Saturday 7 July – always a great opportunity to keep in touch with former members of the Club.
  • Our UYBC Annual Ball takes place on Saturday 9 June as part of this year’s President’s Weekend up in York.   A great reason for you to come back and join in with festivities – email us for details.
  • Jorvik Annual DinnerSaturday 10 November. Save the date for this special event at the Thames Rowing Club.

University of York Volleyball Club

The University of York Volleyball Club has started a crowdfunding campaign on YuStart, to raise £1000 to improve their hitting and spike techniques. With a total of four University teams, a sitting volleyball team, multiple college teams, and several development teams, the club has risen to the top ranks of the British University and College Sport (BUCS) league. This year they’ve had some fantastic accomplishments, achieving the highest national ranking ever, having the most people in the club and they also delivered beginners sessions to over 110 people in the course of the last year.

They want to continue to grow as a club, and get as much out of training time as possible. Their dedicated players double as qualified coaches and fitness instructors and have helped teams reach the top of their BUCS league. However, they’re looking to go one step further and harness new skills by purchasing an Individual Spike Trainer to improve their footwork, hitting technique and to give them a competitive edge.