The links below reflect the rich cultural heritage of York and provide further opportunities for exciting and educational meetings and talks.

York Conservation Trust

From its beginnings in 1945 with 7 properties the Trust now owns and runs over 85 buildings, consisting of 79 residential and 66 commercial lets.

Restoration and conservation is balanced with the need to put the buildings to their best use, both from the point of view of its tenants and in the life of the City.

York Conservation Trust are the owners of 23 Stonegate, and we, The Medical Society have a long term tenancy agreement with them.

York Philosophical society

The Yorkshire Philosophical Society is a charitable learned society, founded in 1822 when “philosophical” had the same meaning as “scientific”. The Society’s primary aim is to promote public understanding and involvement in the academic disciplines of the natural and social sciences.

The main vehicle for this is through a series of over twenty lectures given each year by eminent academics and scientists from the Yorkshire region and other parts of the UK. The lectures are held in the Tempest Anderson Lecture Hall which is part of the Yorkshire Museum in York. All lectures are open to the public.

York Festival of Ideas

Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities and much more, York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of stimulating and diverse events for all ages and interests – most of them free. Events take place at venues throughout the city.

York Festival of Ideas was launched in June 2011 as a partnership between the University of York, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, the National Centre for Early Music and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Its objective, then and now, is to enhance York’s reputation as a city of ideas and innovation through offering the highest calibre of public events to local, regional and visitor audiences.

York Civic Trust

York Civic Trust is a membership organisation, run by volunteers for the benefit of all who live in, work in, or visit York. The Trust is open to all who wish to enhance and protect York’s architectural and cultural heritage, to champion good design and to advance the high place which York holds amongst the cities of the world. 

University of York, Borthwick Institute: site of YMS Collection of rare books

‘We support and expand the University of York’s cultural endeavour and contribute to human understanding through collecting archives, preserving them and making them widely available for research to all people, now and in the future.’

The Borthwick institute holds the York Medical Societies’ collection of valuable, antique books. They welcome visitors from the Society, by appointment.

University of York open lectures

Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

The majority of the lectures are held on the University campus.

York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust was formed on August 1 2002, as an independent charitable trust to manage the museums and gallery service previously run by City of York Council.

Supported by the Council, York Museums Trust is responsible for York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens and York St Mary’s.

York Literary festival

The Festival began in 2007 and has grown steadily to become one of the foremost literature festivals in the North of England. It forms an important part of the cultural life of the city. The Festival prides itself on having a diverse range of events including talks, lectures, panels, debates, performances, storytelling pieces and workshops.

York St John University Ebor lecture series

Co-hosted by York Minster and York St John University, The Ebor Lectures in Theology and Public Life are a series of lectures, established in 2006 , to promote a conversation between theology and public issues. These prominent lectures, and related events, are offered free-of-charge to the general public, and play a major role in the cultural and intellectual life of the city and region. The Ebor Lectures offer a space for dialogue between a range of communities such as educational institutions, public interest movements, religious groups, and any individual with an interest in contemporary issues within society.

St Peters school public lectures

The St Peter’s School Public Lecture programme is a series of lectures, talks, and presentations by a range of expert speakers from many disciplines.

The School organises several of these per term. They are open to the public and usually free to attend.