The Bedern Hall Foundation – Keeping York’s History Alive

Bedern_HallBedern Hall is a Medieval Hall located in the centre of York, but so many people don’t know it’s wealth of history and the story behind the building. Having been used as part of the College of the Vicars Choral from the 1390s up until the middle of the 17th century, it is now a place where citizens and tourists of York can come and explore the history, attend an event, or hire it for their own personal or business occasion. The only buildings that remain of the College of the Vicars Choral, who sang services in York Minster, are the Hall, the Chapel and the Gatehouse.


Many tourists and citizens alike enjoy a trip to York to explore the city’s hidden gems and extraordinary architecture, but keeping the history alive and accessible to the public can be an issue. Bedern Hall would no longer be open to the public without the help from the Bedern Hall Foundation, a concept that began over 30 years ago, to help restore and preserve this important building for the city. The Bedern Hall Foundation aims to build a future from the past by creating a new vision for the historic building, allowing local people, businesses and visitors to enjoy the Hall and help keep history alive!


The first major restoration of the Hall began in 1979, retaining its original fabric where possible. Roof timbers were replaced, the floor relayed with York stone and some windows with replaced with new, modern designs. However, some of the original fabric of the building can still be seen in place, some roof timbers are still present in, as well as the medieval timber-framing and original tracery (the stonework) in the window on the North-East front of the Hall. The restoration has allowed Bedern Hall to become a destination that has held over 500 weddings, hundreds of business meetings and monthly local lunches along with many other events and celebrations.


To keep this beautiful building alive, we are now working towards raising £50,000 annually. There are many ways in which you can help to secure the next thirty years of Bedern Hall, and beyond. You can donate to the fund using this link or becoming a member of the Bedern Hall Foundation. There are three levels of the Bedern Hall Foundation membership, all of which come with so many benefits;


  • Personal Membership – £50.00 per year:
    • Advance notice of invitations to special events
    • Reduced prices at all public events held at the Hall, including ‘Your Local Lunch’ offers and special events
    • Annual members only event with guest speakers and networking opportunities
    • Special hire rates for personal social occasions
    • One complimentary hire day per year for any occasion (excludes catering costs, but these are available at a reduced rate).
  • Enterprise Membership – £500.00 per year. Designed for small and medium sized organisations and businesses. Includes all the benefits in the personal membership, plus:
    • Inclusion of up to 10 people for reduced price benefits
    • An annual event for up to 10 delegates, including tea and coffee, onsite conference equipment and sandwich lunch or evening reception (Additional catering available at a reduced rate)
    • Certificate of Guild Recognition on the Bedern Hall Foundation ‘Wall of Honour’ and an embossed certificate
    • Permission to use the Bedern Hall Foundation image on letterheads and promotional material.
  • Corporate Membership – £1,000.00 per year. For larger organisations and businesses that understand the need to support the historic buildings of the City and the traditions that are bound up with them.  Corporate Members can take advantage of all of the benefits listed under Personal and Enterprise Membership plus:
    • A ‘Meet the Guilds’ day – an alternative client networking event
    • Book Bedern for a week – ideal for a group of groups of employees (This is for fives days, excluding weekends and is subject to availability)
    • In addition to advance notice, Corporate Members will also enjoy preferred status at all public events at Bedern Hall.

There is also the option to have a corporate sponsorship which you may wish to do to support the Bedern Hall Foundation.

If you would like to donate to help keep the Hall’s history alive you can do here