Our cause, a new website and meeting the York Master Ghost Merchants

On the 18th November, 2022, The York Conservation Trust Board held its Autumn meeting in York. Part of their deliberations covered a review of the new website, prior to it going live on the 29th November. The Trust has been working closely with York based The Big Ideas Collective and I-Finity on the design, development and build of the new site. With further content coming down the line, the new site will offer visitors more easily accessible information about the Trust's buildings, activities and plans.

Formal business on the day included the adoption of a special resolution that restates the Trust’s aims and objectives. Created to give greater clarity for the general public and Trust associates and suppliers, the proposed change had already been approved by the Charity Commission.

The Trust's restated aims and objectives are:

  • To provide for the conservation and preservation for the public benefit of buildings of significant historic interest, architectural or constructional merit or amenity value in the City of York and the County of North Yorkshire and lands adjacent to and associated with such buildings.

  • To promote the public knowledge and enjoyment of those places of historic interest, or architectural or constructional merit, in the City of York and the County of North Yorkshire, which are owned by the Company.

  • To advance education and skills in the conservation of buildings and lands adjacent thereto and associated therewith.

Less formal business included visits to De Grey Rooms and De Grey House, where conservation and improvement works have begun in order to prepare the buildings for Spring 2023 occupation. York based Pinnacle Conservation is undertaking the work. 

Trustees also visited its property at 31 St Saviourgate, currently home to the York Ghost Merchants, who also have retail premises at no 6 The Shambles. They met Master Ghost Merchants Angus McArthur and David Bloodworth, whose inspiration and craftsmanship is behind this flourishing York business. 

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The Big Ideas Collective


Our tenants, the York Ghost Merchants

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James Morrell, Chair of the Trustees

De Grey Rooms and De Grey House, St Leonard's Place

York's Master Ghost Merchants and YCT Tenants, Angus McArthur and David Bloodworth

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