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PLACE is a registered charity that aims to carry out research into the people, landscape and cultural environment of the traditional county of Yorkshire, and to make the results available to the public. We do this through organising conferences and producing publications, which bridge the gap between academia and the general public. We are based in York at York St John University College, but we also have bases at the universities of Bradford and York and links with about 20 partner organisations, including National Parks, local authorities, English Nature, English Heritage, the Countryside Agency, voluntary wildlife organisations and heritage centres.

Examples of recent research projects include:
The Vale of Pickering Wetlands Project.
Studies of the flora of roadside verges.
Wildlife surveys at Hopewell House Farm.
Ecological surveys at Wharram Percy.

We have organised major conferences, with national and international experts as keynote speakers, on topics such as:
Woodlands in the Landscape.
Agriculture & the Rural Landscape.
Old Orchards.
Global Warming.
Ecology & Conservation in the Lower Derwent Valley.
The Yorkshire Landscape Past & Future.
Sustaining Historic Urban Environments.
Yorkshire Names & Dialects.
Wildlife & Conservation in the Bradford Area.

Our next major event will take place in York on 14th October 2006 and will be a conference on 'City Walls - their conservation and use'.

Most of our conferences have led to publications, which are available to buy by post or at our events. We also have an Occasional Papers series, with shorter publications on a range of topics, from 'Climate Change on the North York Moors' to 'Threatened Wasps, Ants & Bees', and from 'Working Men's Clubs' to 'Change in the High Street'. PLACE also coordinated the production of the 'Historic Atlas of North Yorkshire', a major book edited by Professor Robin Butlin and published by Smith Settle in 2003.

PLACE members are called Friends of PLACE. They receive regular newsletters, take part in field trips and research projects, and get advance notice of our conferences. Annual membership costs just 5.00 and is open to anyone interested in the natural and cultural heritage of Yorkshire.

Further details of all our activities will be found on our website:

For further details, please contact our Chief Executive, Dr Margaret Atherden, at the following address:
PLACE Office,
York St John University College,
Lord Mayor's Walk,
York, YO31 7EX.
Tel: 01904 716753

PLACE Locality of Operation

  • Locally In England

PLACE Areas of Benefit

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage

PLACE Office, York St John University College,
Lord Mayor's Walk, York,
YO31 7EX

Tel - 01904 716753
Fax -

Websites and Email Contact
The website of PLACE is -

Number of Trustees
The total number at PLACE is 5+

Donate Webpage Available
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