Howden Civic Society was founded in 1979 following concerns about threats to important buildings and townscapes.
The Civic Society is a registered charity whose principal role is to
Raise awareness of architectural heritage
Monitor and influence the way in which proposed changes are carried out
Encourage research of local history and discussion of community issues.
The Society is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies and in 2018 was awarded the Peter Spawforth Excellence Award by YHACS for its creation of the Howden Heritage Centre.
The Civic Society is also a member of the Howden Events Group helping to raise the profile of the town along with colleagues in many other organisations.