YCAA Study Day in Scarborough

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York Conservation Alumni Association is delighted to announce that alumni Stephen Gandolfi (Class of 2015/17), Conservation Officer at Scarborough Council, has arranged a free-of-charge study day in the town for YCAA alumni.

The site of a Roman signal station, Scarborough became an established town during the medieval era when an Angevin stone castle was established on the headland. Thereafter, it transformed into a spa town from the C17 onwards, and became the first popular British seaside resort destination in the C19. It remains the largest such resort in Yorkshire.

Consequently, the study day will address conservation issues that are pertinent to British coastal resorts with rich heritage. These are likely to include environmental issues, such as coastal erosion, as well as man-made issues, including the rise and fall (and rise again?) of the British seaside resort, the role heritage and conservation can play in coastal resort regeneration, and challenges set by high levels of socio-economic inequality.


The itinerary for the day is likely to be as follows:

  • 10:00: Meet outside the front of Scarborough Train Station.
  • 10:15 - 11.00: Visit to the Old Parcels Office conversion project, which was funded by Railway Heritage Trust, English Heritage (as it then was), the Arts Council and Network Rail. Scarborough’s retired Conservation Officer, Chris Hall, will introduce the building and its conservation issues https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/grants/visit/the-old-parcels-office-scarborough-station-yo11-1tn/
  • 11.00 - 12.00: Chris Hall will lead a tour of Scarborough Old Town, which includes buildings dating back from the medieval period right through to the modern day. The Castle Ward is economically polarised with social housing immediately adjacent to large dwellings lived in by the rich (and in some cases the famous) – and this proves to be a challenge for planning/ heritage applications.
  • 12.00 - 13.15: Lunchbreak: fish & chips on the front, or in the Harbour Bar or similar if the weather is against us.
  • 13.15 - 14.15: A visit to Scarborough Spa, South Cliff Gardens area, which has been stripped of the planned landscape and currently undergoing multi-million pound engineer works to ensure the cliffs do not fail. Small land slippages have happened recently which has led to the partial failure of a listed block of chalets in this area. https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/list-entry/25879 / http://www.friendsofsouthcliffgardens.com/
  • 14:15 - 16:00: A visit to Woodend Creative Industry Centre – the former home of the famous Sitwell family and later a museum, now a creative industry centre, set within the Georgian Crescent which also includes the Art Gallery. https://www.woodendcreative.co.uk/ - followed by an ice cream / tea or coffee at Yay Coffee! We are hoping that the Director of Woodend, Andrew Clay, will be able to speak to us during our visit (to be confirmed).




Cost:

There is no charge for the study trip, however alumni are required to arrange their own transport and pay for their own lunch and sundries.


Catering
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A lunchbreak will allow alumni to enjoy Fish & Chips (and alternative vegetarian and vegan options!) on the harbour front (or in the Harbour Bar or similiar if the weather is against us), although bringing your own pack lunch is also welcome.


Transport:

There are plenty of hourly trains from York to Scarborough (50 minute journey). On-the-day purchased Anytime returns cost £18.80 (£12.40 with a young persons, senior railcard etc).

The preferred train from York would be the 8:44 which arrives in Scarborough at 9:35am.

There is a 16:46 return train that arrives back in York at 17:36.

For anyone driving, there are a number of car parks in Scarborough in or close to the railway station (Scarborough Car Park, Westborough. YO11 1TN; Victoria Rd, YO11 1SF; Westwood, YO11 2PN).

There is also a regular No.843 'Coastliner' bus service between York and Scarborough (1h 50m journey). See here for the timetable.


Footwear & clothing:

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for a moderate amount of walking, including hills, and any potential inclement weather.


If you have any questions, please contact Duncan Marks at djem500@york.ac.uk

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