York Georgian Society

York Georgian Society


The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.


17 March 2014


ANNA Bonewitz has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2014. She is shown above, right, with Bridget Nuttgens (widow of Patrick), who presented the Award on Saturday 8 March at York St John University.

The winner, in a very strong field, is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History of Art at the University of York. Her subject is Fashion across Borders and Seas: Print Culture, Women’s Networks, and the Creation of Feminine Identities in the British Atlantic World, 1750–1900. As part of her research, Anna is investigating how knowledge of the latest women’s fashions was circulated, prior to the explosion of printed imagery, in a three-dimensional way. This was by means of fashionable dress in miniature clothing dolls sent regularly from French dressmakers on the rue Saint-Honoré in Paris to dressmakers working elsewhere on the continent and in London, and further afield to America. The financial support of the Award will enable Anna to visit collections containing such fashion dolls in this country, and in Paris and Monte Carlo, as well as accessing archival materials related to the dressmaking trade on the rue Saint-Honoré.

A certificate of high commendation (with a smaller cash prize) goes to Jessica Hendy, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, who is examining the almost forgotten role played in the abolition of slavery by the small island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. Her research includes the analysis of DNA and proteins preserved in skeletal remains found there. The Society’s financial support will help Jessica attend conferences in Oxford and Lund, in Sweden, presenting papers and receiving valuable feed-back from other researchers in the field of archaeological disease.

Patrick Nuttgens (1930-2004) was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

Of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be the handsome and informative new publication Georgian Architecture & the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire, by Austin Redman and David Neave. Please follow the link Georgian Society for East Yorkshire Publications for further information and details about ordering.

Image: RG

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