New! The Two Rivers Trail

New! The Two Rivers Trail

Starting on Monday 4th April 2022, follow The Two Rivers trail at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall and discover the legacy of the rivers of York.   Without the River Ouse and River Foss; the Merchant Adventurers, their Hall and the City of York would not exist....

read more
Hall Highlights: Napoleon

Hall Highlights: Napoleon

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall’s incredible collections.   Carved out of...

read more

Merchant Adventurers’ Arts Discovery Lecture

This talk in conjunction with the University of York took place on Thursday 25th November 2021 at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall and is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/o3czJpb68Io In this lecture, Professor Sarah Brown described the conservation of the St...

read more
Hall Highlights: The Minute Books

Hall Highlights: The Minute Books

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall’s incredible collections.   The archive...

read more
Hall Highlights: The Loving Cup Ceremony

Hall Highlights: The Loving Cup Ceremony

Within the silver collection of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall are a number of large silver cups which are known as 'Loving Cups'. These are used yearly at the Merchant Adventurers' Venison Feast within a ceremony which is a symbol of friendship and fraternity....

read more
Hall Highlights: Stained Glass

Hall Highlights: Stained Glass

For this blog post we are looking the stained glass windows which can be found in the Undercroft, Chapel and the Governor's Parlour of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. The Hall has a small but beautiful collection of stained glass windows dating from the last 150...

read more
Hall Highlights: Female Merchants

Hall Highlights: Female Merchants

It is perhaps a surprise to many to find out that women have played an active role in The Company of Merchant Adventurers since its foundation in 1357. There are three in particular who lived remarkable lives and feature in the extensive archive of the Guild. Marion...

read more
Merchant Adventurers Hall….this is your life! (Part One)

Merchant Adventurers Hall….this is your life! (Part One)

When you're over 660 years old you've witnessed quite a bit of history. So here below is a list of some of the important dates in the Merchant Adventurers history. As well as a few choice snippets from further afield...   1357      Construction begins on the...

read more
Hall Highlights: The Banners

Hall Highlights: The Banners

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall's incredible collections. Part of what makes...

read more
A Medieval mystery: The Percys or Percehays?

A Medieval mystery: The Percys or Percehays?

In 1356 Sir William Percy granted a plot of land - a former Norman manorial site by the River Foss, and the future location of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall - to three merchants from York...or did he? In this new, thoroughly researched book, David Brewer challenges...

read more
Hall Highlights: Dr Maud Sellers

Hall Highlights: Dr Maud Sellers

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through it's walls. This blog series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall's incredible collections and individuals...

read more
Hall Highlights: The Pancake Bell

Hall Highlights: The Pancake Bell

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through it's walls. This blog series seeks to shine a spotlight on some of the Hall's incredible collections In...

read more