Conservation 50, 2019

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of a Conservation Area in St. Albans, whose Local Authority was among the first to implement the scheme. The primary purpose of Conservation Areas was “the protection and improvement of buildings of architectural or historic interest and of the character of areas of such interest”.

Conservation 50 is a collaboration between St Albans Civic SocietyAbbey Precincts Residents Association and Aboyne Residents Association. Public events are being organised to celebrate the first St Albans Conservation Area, to assess its value to the city and residents throughout the District, and to establish what is necessary for the protection and enhancement of our Conservation Areas in the future.

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation Areas were introduced after 1967 and there are now 10,000 in the UK. The process of designating a Conservation Area is managed by the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act and is usually handled by local authorities, although English Heritage can get involved.

An exhibition at St Albans Museum+Gallery

(May 25 to July 21)

Held in connection with the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society and St Albans Camera Club. It will illustrate the past and present of our Conversation Areas: St Albans yesterday and today – a picture show – tree conservation, past conservation projects of the 60’s and 70’s, and current buildings which deserve conserving.

! The Museum+Gallery has just won the 2019 RIBA East Conservation Award !

A conference at Dagnall Street Baptist Church

Saturday July 6 (2.00 – 5.00 pm)

chaired by a BBC journalist, Julian Worricker, with a range of guest speakers, both national and local, and culminating in a questions and answers panel, it will explore the current state of our Conservation Areas and what they mean for residents.

Visual arts competition

For local Primary schools: pupils will explore the theme of ‘Conservation’ by investigating the natural and built environment around where they live and go to school. The finalists creative work will be shown at a prize-giving reception (ticketed only) on Saturday July 6th and then be on display to the public for one day only on Sunday July 7th in St Albans Museum+Gallery.

Primary Schools Art/ Design Competition

Our exciting competition is already underway and several schools are taking part. The pupils are busy exploring what makes the area and environment near where they live or go to school unique and special, worth conserving and enhancing now and into the future.

This exciting work will culminate in the creation of 2D or 3D pieces. The chosen finalists work will then be displayed in St Albans Museum + Art Gallery at a prize-giving reception. They will be on public display on Sunday 7th July. Please come along to support them and see what they’ve worked so hard to create!

Teachers, please click here for access to relevant support materials (password required).




Start date: 25 May 2019

End date: 21 July 2019

Location: St Albans Museum + Gallery, The Old Town Hall

See the past and present of the St Albans Conversation Area, including a specially commissioned video show.

Primary Schools Art/Design Competition

Date: 6 July 2019

Location: St.Albans Museum + Art Gallery in the Assembly Rooms

Prize Giving and reception (Private ticketed event)

Conservation 50 Conference

Date: 6 July 2019

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Location: Dagnall Street Baptist Church. St Albans

Discussion will probe the success or otherwise of what’s happening here and in places where conservation areas are thriving or in decline.

Primary Schools Art/Design Competition – Display of finalists work

Date: 7 July 2019

Time: 11:00 - 17:00

Location: St.Albans Museum + Art Gallery in the Assembly Rooms

Conservation 50 Walks

Start date: 7 July 2019

End date: 26 July 2019

Location: TBA

Start/end dates shown are only provisional. Check back soon for exact dates.

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