101 legacies

The University of York’s legacy giving circle has recently received its 101st pledge.

We are delighted to announce that one of our alumni, Roy Fenton (Chemistry, Derwent, 1968), recently became the 101st person to very generously decide to include a gift to the University as part of his will planning.

Roy is passionate about leaving a legacy to York that will benefit the Department of Chemistry and future students who, without wonderful gifts like his, would not otherwise be able to study at York and achieve their greatest ambitions. We are extremely grateful to Roy and our other kind legators and members of the Heslington Circle, for their passion and vision in helping us build an even greater future for generations to come.

Event in March 2017

We will be holding our next annual event for members of the Heslington Circle on Saturday 11 March 2017, from 9.30am to 3pm.

This year’s event will include access to some of York Minster’s Historic Collections, housed in the Old Palace. The Old Palace sits within the Minster grounds and was constructed in the 13th century for the Archbishop of York. Some highlights of its collection are:

  • a Roman coin from 57BC, the earliest item that the Minster owns
  • Catherine of Aragon’s prayer-book
  • the Wicked Bible (only 11 known in the world)
  • the earliest book printed in York
  • an ivory chest believed to have been owned by St William of York
  • a rosary owned by Anthony Babington which he was holding when he was executed for plotting to kill Elizabeth I

The day will also include academic speakers from York who will enlighten you in their specialist subjects, adding to what really looks set to be a fabulous day. There will be a maximum capacity of just 50 places for this event, so please do keep an eye out for the invitation, which you will receive in January to secure your place. Please note that a good level of mobility is needed to navigate the Old Palace.