Our Community

As York’s original city house, the Mansion House is built to serve the people and community of the city. For almost 300 years the house has been used to entertain and to welcome, as well as supporting York through some of the most turbulent times in modern history, and now it has entered a new phase, and we’d love you to be part of it.

Whether you want to learn more about the extraordinary history of the house and the 18th century, or want to help others discover it for themselves, there is plenty get involved with. Or perhaps you – or one of your ancestors – lived or worked in the house?

No matter how you choose to get involved, your story will become part of the life of this extraordinary home.



Education and Learning

As the civic and social heart of York, the Mansion House has an incredible and unique history. Our Education Team have created a programme of activities and workshops designed to bring the house and the Georgians to life.

Whether you are a school or uniformed group, a home educator, or a lifelong learner, our flexible and in-depth programme has been created with flexibility in mind, and designed to cover a wide age range.

NEW FOR 2020

Not just for school trips! Head to our Education Hub to find our latest creative challenges, crafty creations, and resources to help with home learning, especially designed for little ones.

 Head to our Education Hub to find out more.




Volunteer: Join the Friends of York Mansion House

The Friends play a vital role in welcoming visitors to the house, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge to bring the civic history of the house, the Lord Mayors, and the collections to life for countless visitors each year.

Joining the Friends is a great way to get hands-on and experience life behind-the-scenes at one of York’s most iconic buildings. Whether joining as a researcher as part of an exhibition or project, or working to welcome visitors and bring the house to life with your stories, we’d love to hear from you.

Head to the Volunteering pages and get involved.




Oral History Project

As part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment, local historian Van Wilson undertook an oral history project in partnership with the York Oral History Society, to record the memories of more than 30 people who have been associated with the house throughout the generations.

As that project comes to an end, our love of meeting people with a connection to the house and hearing their stories has not. Whether a family legend, a vivid recollection, or a beloved memory, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Click here to find out more.