Yorkshire Association

Yorkshire Association Library and Archive

The YACR Library and Archive are kept as part of the York Minster Library and Archive in The Old Palace, York - in Dean's Park, behind the east end of the Minster.

The Old Palace is an ancient building now modernised with humidity and temperature control to house the many tens of thousands of documents and books in the Minster's care.  Naturally, our holdings are but a tiny part of the whole. (The YACR will shortly have a legal agreement with the Minster for holding and cataloguing our possessions).

The Minster Library's opening hours, and other information and rules about visiting can be found here, rules for viewing and borrowing YACR's property. Note that you may be required to register and should bring appropriate indentifying documents with you.

For further help and information about the YACR’s Library and Archive holdings please contact the YACR’s Librarian, Robert Cater, bothcaters@gmail.com.

The Library

Our Books are held as follows -

1. Pre 1850 books or 'damaged' books - in the Special Collection, for which 24 hours notice is required for their inspection and which cannot be borrowed. You will be required to register to see these books and should bring appropriate identifying documents with you.

2. Annual Reports - in the Periodicals collection. Can be viewed without appointment but not borrowed.

3. Items without a spine label - in the Pamphlets Collection which can be viewed without appointment but not borrowed.

4. Post-1850 published books with spine label and in good condition - in the General Collection which can be viewed without appointment and which are able to be borrowed.

There are quite a lot of the Minster Library's own books on bellringing on the shelves in the General Collection mixed with the YACR's. Ours have a bookplate (label) in them saying so.

The catalogue of YACR's books can be found at www.york.ac.uk/library/  in the Search box put 'Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers'. Other non-YACR books on bellringing can be searched for in the general catalogue.

                                                                                                                              Revised August 2018

The Archive

The YACR Archive consists at the moment of 34 Box Files.
Contents of boxes 1 to 20


Box 10 also holds York Branch Minutes for 1992 & 1993 and 2000 to 2018

Contents of boxes 21 to 29
Contents of boxes 30 to 34


Advance notice is required by the Minster Archivist to inspect any of the Association’s 34 Box Files. No material may be borrowed.

NB no further archive material may be placed in the Archive for the time being, as the Minster Archive is being re-evaluated by the Minster Chapter.

YACR Newsletters

 Title Issue no.
Autumn 2015 16 
Autumn 2014 15
Autumn 2013 14
Winter 2012 13
Summer 2012 12
Winter 2011 11
Summer 2011 10
Winter 2010 9
Spring 2010 8
Winter 2009 7
Spring 2009 6
Autumn 2008 5
Spring 2008 4
Autumn 2007 3
Spring 2007 2
Autumn 2006 1