Dinner and Oration

In normal times our session begins in October with the Oration followed by the Annual Dinner in the presence of the Lord Mayor of York.  

Annual Dinner 2021

Recently, the Dinner has been held in the beautifully refurbished Mansion House and accompanied by first-rate local musicians, seen here rehearsing before ascending to the Minstrels’ Gallery. 

Previous Orators

Each year since 1890, the society has held a public oration on a Friday afternoon. The list of distinguished guest speakers who have spoken at these events is provided here.

1890 SIR JONATHAN HUTCHINSON, F.R.S., LONDON

1891 MR. C.G. WHEELHOUSE, F.R.C.S.

1892 SIR T. CLIFFORD ALBUTT, K.C.B., F.R.S., CAMBRIDGE

1893 SIR VICTOR HORSLEY, F.R.S., LONDON

1894 SIR JAMES CRICHTON BROWNE, F.R.S., LONDON

1895 DR. GERMAN SIMS WOODHEAD, F.R.S.E., CAMBRIDGE

1896 SIR W.F. MITCHELL BANKS, F.R.C.S., LIVERPOOL

1897 SIR JAMES F. GOODHEART, BART, LONDON

1898 SIR T. LAUDER BRUNTON, BART, F.R.S., LONDON

1899 DR. H.W. BALFOUR, F.R.S.E., EDINBURGH