The Resilient York: sustaining an historic city through flooding and beyond conference programme is detailed below. A pdf copy can also be downloaded using the following link: Resilient-York-Conference-Programme-Nov-2016

Resilient York Conference, Friday 4 November 2016

King’s Manor (The Huntingdon Room), Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP

Chairpersons: Dr. GILL CHITTY (morning session) & Dr. JANE GRENVILLE (afternoon session)



09.15   Welcome: Dr. JANE GRENVILLE, (Pevsner Author and Independent Researcher) & Opening address, An historical perspective on flooding in York: Dr. DAVID FRASER (Director, York Civic Trust)

Some York(shire) flooding case studies: how are we coping?

09.40   ‘The Merchant Adventurers Hall’s Unwelcome Christmas Present’: Captain STEPHEN UPRIGHT, RN (Clerk to The Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York)

10.00   ‘You’re in a basement, below the water table and you’re flooded – what do you do next?’: IAN PANTER (Head of Conservation, York Archaeological Trust)

10.20   ‘St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd’: RICHARD STORAH (Director & Architect, Storah Architecture)

10.40   Discussion


Flooding research and management in York

11.20 ‘National Perspectives / New Thinking; New Thinking / National Perspectives’: NEIL REDFERN (Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments & Development Management Team Manager (Yorkshire), Historic England)

11.40   ‘York – Living and adapting to flood risk’STEVE WRAGG (Flood Risk & Asset Manager,City of York Council)

12.00   ‘Local Flood Culture in the Historic Core of York: A Method Towards Resilient Buildings’: ALESSANDRA SPREGA (WRoCAH PhD student, University of York)

12.20   ‘Identification and Quantification of Environmental Impact on Heritage Buildings: The Parnassus Experience’: Prof. DINA D’AYALA (Professor of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, University College London). Parnussus Project

12.40    Questions and plenary discussion

13.00    LUNCH


Community & specialist responses

14.00   ‘Reassessing flood risk at York using historical information for the River Ouse’: Dr. NEIL MACDONALD (Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Institute of Risk Management, University of Liverpool)

14.20   ‘Making our places and communities more flood resilient’: TIM GODSON (Team Leader for Resilience & Emergencies Division (Northern), Department of Communities and Local Government Resilience Team)

14.40   ‘The York City Environment Observatory: Drawing the links between the quality of the environment and the impacts on health, wellbeing and the economy’: Dr. LORRAINE YOUDS (Research and Innovation Manager: Urban Living, University of York) York City Environment Observatory

15.00   ‘Recovery issues and the affected community’s perspective’: HEATHER SHEPHERD (Community Support & Flood Recovery Specialist Member, The National Flood Forum)

15.20   Questions and plenary discussion


16.00   Roundtable with speakers’ debate

  • How can the civic and research community work together with people in York as a laboratory for dealing with some of these issues? 
  • Big issues, how do we deal with it on a local scale, individual level?
  • What can the civic trust and the university take forward as directed action?

17.00   Closing words & next steps



Conference Organisers:

Dr. GILL CHITTY (Director of Studies, MA in Conservation Studies, University of York)

Dr. DAVID FRASER (Director, York Civic Trust)

DUNCAN MARKS (Postgraduate student, MA in Conservation Studies, University of York)

TRACY WILCOCKSON (Chairperson, York Conservation Alumni Association)