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The Friends of York Minster

York Minster










The Friends of York Minster was founded in 1927 (under Royal Patronage) for the general benefit of York Minster, its fabric and its services.  On 29th May 1929 Dean Ford reported that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of York, were to become the first members of the Friends and now there are over 2,700 members both in the UK and worldwide.


The present Constitution of the Friends seeks:-

  • To support the maintenance, restoration, repair, and improvement of the fabric, ornaments, and furnishings of the Minster.
  • To maintain and develop the music and other aspects of the worship and life of the Minster.
  • To aid the upkeep of the Minster Archive and Library.
  • To sustain and develop a network of people who love and support the Minster.
  • To widen awareness of the Minster's presence.


The Friends’ support of the Dean and Chapter is varied and includes grants for:

  • Music in the Minster - including a new chamber organ, new musical compositions, and chorister endowments.
  • The Minster Library - including the acquisition of new books, the restoration of the Torre manuscripts and other books.


Also the Friends help to fund things such as:

  • New surplices for the choir
  • Restoration of the Bishop Skirlaw Panel and the row depicting the Creation in the East Window
  • Provision of a set of liturgical silver
  • The work of the Minster Broderers
  • 13 wrought iron candle stands.

The work of the Minster Broderers 










The Council of the Friends has also agreed support for:-

  • Restoration of verges
  • Restoration of lead alloy chalices and patens
  • Digitization, translation and publication of the Fabric Rolls
  • Dating of the Screen Doors



Members of the Council look forward to receiving future requests from the Dean and Chapter for support of their work. It’s important to help and encourage the support the Friends give to York Minster.

For further information please visit The Friends of York Minster webpage.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been President of The Friends of York Minster since 2006.