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Yorkshire Museum Gardens

York Museums Trust

The Museum Gardens were designed for the Yorkshire Philosophical Society by Sir John Murray Naesmyth in the 1840. They are laid out in the gardenesque style, made popular by J.C. Loudon to display plants of botanic interest, and as a setting for the Yorkshire Museum. The gardens lie within the St Mary’s Abbey Precinct (a Scheduled Monument) and contain a number of features of archaeological interest, including the ruins of the abbey church, extensive remains of the precinct walls and the Multangular Tower.

Erika lead the design of new gardens associated with the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery, which reopened in Spring 2015 after a major redevelopment, working with the York Museums Trust and Jonathan Cook (JCLA). The extended gardens, also opened in 2015, offer new areas to explore, help to reunify the Abbey Precinct and increase access.

Erika also advised York City Council and prepared preliminary designs for Exhibition Square, to the front of the York Art Gallery.

The Museum Gardens are a botanic garden and Grade II on the Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest.

For more information on the Yorkshire Museum, the Museum Gardens and the York Art Gallery, please visit the York Museums Trust.