York Museums Trust's Mission



Our Vision is for York Museums Trust to play a major part in positioning York as a world class cultural centre.


Our Mission is to cherish the collections, buildings and gardens entrusted to us, presenting and interpreting them as a stimulus for learning, a provocation to curiosity and a source of inspiration and enjoyment for all.

Headline Priorities

Our priorities are:

  • Deliver the York Castle Museum major Capital project, including collection and storage rationalisation, and develop the Castle area as a Cultural Quarter
  • Excellent, high profile programming, including strategic YMT-led  events to attract visitors to York and high quality exhibitions at York Art Gallery
  • Expanding Enterprises, and fundraising activities, building on success, becoming a more business-like charity and increasing our income streams and resilience
  • Ensuring a Quality and 21st century visitor experience, pro-actively engaging visitors to our sites and online
  • Improving York’s and York Museum Trust’s profiles through local, regional and international leadership, partnership and delivering on all the expectations of key stakeholders