Formed as a non political, not for profit organisation in 1980, the Yorkshire Society encourages businesses, charities and individual people from or living in all parts of Yorkshire to join together in “promoting the county”. Membership of the Society is open to individuals and businesses alike to enable everybody to work towards and achieve common goals throughout the county.

Not only do they work with established organisations, in their efforts to generate and promote tourism in the county, but they also encourage and assist local branches of the society to fund and carry through projects in their own area. This wide ranging remit includes improving the beauty, attraction and amenities in the variety of villages, towns, historic houses, monuments and not least the countryside throughout Yorkshire.

  • Improving the beauty, attraction and amenities within the county.
  • Working for the Yorkshire countryside, towns, villages, historic houses, and monuments of all kinds.
  • Generating and promoting tourism together with inward investment.

The work of the Society, its officers and ambassadors around the globe, celebrates the many diverse achievements of the people and Britain’s largest county. The work of the society often includes raising funds in order that important projects are financed in full or part, supporting efforts to study and solve some of the industrial, commercial and unemployment issues in the area.

More traditional work of the society includes annually awarding The Yorkshire History Prizes (for details of the 2014 Yorkshire History Prizes click here and notice of the 2015 Yorkshire History Prizes please click here), providing sponsorship for charities and charitable events; celebrating Yorkshire Day on the 1st August, the Yorkshire Day Anthem and Flag. We also encourage Yorkshire Rose plaques are erected to famous Yorkshire men and women not previously commemorated within the county. The typically diverse characters to receive this honour include Percy Shaw, inventor of cats’ eyes, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of The White House.

They support the World Trade Centre Hull & Humber. As part of a global network of over 330 World Trade Centres in more than 90 countries, World Trade Centre Hull & Humber helps overseas companies do business in the UK and provides expertise, practical support and contacts to help UK companies exploit international market opportunities.

  • Supporting efforts to study and solve industrial, commercial and employment issues in the region.
  • Developing careful and sustainable regeneration and renewal.
  • Drawing together Yorkshire people through a calendar of regional and local events.
  • Developing fundraising activities to ensure that important projects are financed in full or in part.
  • Celebrating the very best of Yorkshire.