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What We Do

Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society


Founded in 1842, the Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society (YAYAS) is a registered charity existing to promote the study of the historic heritage of the city of York as well as the county of Yorkshire. The Society seeks to stimulate interest bu arranging lectures and excursions, and by issuing publications. It owns the Evelyn Collection of historic lantern slides and negatives of historic York, and has been instrumental in preserving many of the city's unique features.


YAYAS is a social as well as an academic society, and many members have made longstanding friendships based on mutual interests within our wide and varied membership base. Our exciting and interesting excursions (open to members only) are a great way to spend a day with like-minded individuals, many with a very impressive store of subject knowledge, exploring places of interest (often not usually open to the public). Our lectures represent a free (to members - non-members are welcome but a small donation is suggested) opportunity to hear subject experts share new and sometimes exclusive research, as well as the opportunity to have your own questions on the topics debated and answered.


YAYAS welcomes new members: to join or support the society, please click here.


The Society produces the journal publication 'York Historian', a copy of which is provided free for members. Non-members can purchase copies for £5.00 plus P&P. Currently in its 35th volume, York Historian offers in-depth journal articles often fully illustrated with colour plates on subjects relevant to the history, archaeology and architecture of York and Yorkshire. 


In addition to this comprehensive offer, YAYAS also offers monetary grants to eligible organisations and individuals. For more information, click here.

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