Mapping the resilience of York's historic buildings after the 2015 flood


“The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazard to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the restoration and preservation of its essential functions.” (UNISDR 2009)

The aim of this survey is to investigate the resilience of York's historic buildings and community to flooding. Your knowledge and perceptions will help to map the resilience of the historic centre of York highlighting effective approaches and measures to recover and prepare buildings for future flooding.

The survey takes about 10 minutes and is in 5 sections. It asks for some information about you and your property and the measures that were adopted in your historic building to safeguard against flooding before, during and after the 2015 flood.


My name is Alessandra Sprega. I am a conservation architect and researching for a PhD in Conservation Studies in the University of York. I have participated in international research projects in both Italy and South America regarding the seismic reinforcement of traditional earthen building. My area of expertise and research is the post natural disaster recovery of cultural heritage.

My research is part of a joint initiative, Resilient York, between the University of York and The York Civic Trust. The objective is to inform and involve York citizens and practitioners to create a more resilient historic city to cope with the threat of flooding.

Description of the research:

Flooding has always been a threat to historic cities on major rivers, like York, in recent years, we have all witnessed an increase in flooding incidents. As well as their devastating effect on local people and businesses, there has been a serious impact on our historic buildings and heritage. Some of this damage could have been avoided with the right action before, during and afterwards.

This study responds to the urgent need to investigate how we can improve the resilience of York’s historic buildings to flooding by working with local community knowledge and experience.


All responses will remain confidential and anonymity is guaranteed, all data will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and the project has received approval from the University of York Department of Archaeology Ethics Committee.

If you have any questions regarding the survey or would like to know more about the project please contact Alessandra Sprega who will be pleased to answer any queries you have about this research:

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