Leaving a gift in your will to York Archaeological Trust

You do not have to be wealthy to leave a legacy – any gift, large or small will go a long way in helping us continue our work preserving the archaeological heritage of York and wider region and giving access to the City’s unique history.

There are a number of ways to remember us, depending on your circumstances:

  • A residuary gift allows you to leave a specific amount to YAT. This would be a share of your estate, once your family has been taken care of.
  • A pecuniary gift allows you to leave a specific amount of money to the Trust
  • A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your dependants while they are living but after they pass away it will revert to the Trust.

For more information on leaving a legacy, the tax implications and to amend your will, you will need to see your solicitor.

If you have already remembered us, please accept our warmest thanks.


How Legacies have helped us in the past

In her will, Helen Thirza Addyman left York Archaeological Trust a bequest which gave us the opportunity to develop the Trust’s archaeology-themed attraction, ARC, into a new attraction, DIG. Based in St Saviours Church in York, DIG is now a unique archaeological adventure which includes four excavation pits filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds and three discovery rooms which offer the chance to try out archaeological techniques in a science lab, library and field tent. Each tour at DIG is accompanied by an archaeologist giving insight into our work and is hugely popular with children. Without the Addyman bequest we would not have been able to fulfil our plans for this very special, award-winning and educational attraction.

  • The ARC before developments
  • Children being welcomed in the briefing hut
  • School children excavating the medieval pit
  • Sieving the soil from one of the excavation pits
  • What will you find?
  • The Ask the Archaeologist table
  • The Ask the Archaeologist table (2)
  • A school party sorting finds
  • School children with various animal bones
  • Learning about how building floor plans have changed over the years
  • School children learning about the skeletal system of the human anatomy

Please consider supporting York Archaeological Trust to ensure we can continue to go from strength to strength.

To speak to someone about supporting the Trust, contact John Hainsworth on 01904 663000.