This conservation plan was initiated to inform design decisions in the city archives project, which is intended to move the York City Archives to the former York Central Library, now called York Explore.
The building was built at the centre of an area of very great historical significance for the history of York. The site is known as the Mint Yard, a name that stems from the use of former monastic buildings, dissolved during the Dissolution, by the Royal Mint. Its importance is indicated by the large proportion of the site and its structures which are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Many of the buildings are also listed Grade I, with others at Grade II* and II. The site is also adjacent to the Museum Gardens which are a Registered Park and Garden.
Our team also produced interpretation materials that were displayed as part of a community consultation exercise – this explored both the historical development of the site, and discussion of proposed developments.