Yorkshire Philosophical Society Collections

Scope and Content

This collection comprises various documents collected by the Philosophical Society including a copy of the York Scriveners' Play (c.1525), diaries, deeds, correspondence and antiquarian papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS) was founded in 1822 as a charitable learned society promoting understanding and involvement in the natural and social sciences.

In 1828 part of the grounds of St Mary's Abbey was given to the Society by royal grant and on this site the Yorkshire Museum was built in 1829. The museum was built to house the members collections and also created a botanic garden. In 1961 the Museum and its gardens were handed over to the City of York in trust. In 2009 the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens Charity (YMAG) was established by the YMAG Trust, the City of York Council and the YPS.

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aids for this collection can be found online by searching the Explore website ( www.exploreyork.org.uk)

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, February 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.