About Us

Founded in 1972, as an independent charity and headed up by a Board of Trustees, York Archaeological Trust was set up to help preserve the vast collection of archaeological deposits that lay within 2,000 years of York’s history in response to threats posed to the City’s archaeological heritage at the time. Alongside its archaeological work, York Archaeological Trust now owns and operates five visitor attractions within the city of York, including the JORVIK Viking Centre, and hosts the annual JORVIK Viking Festival in York each February.