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.

You can see a map of the St Albans City and District Conservation Areas HERE

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 !

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 (by invitation 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.

Conservation Walk

City of St Albans Tour Guides have offered a guided walk specifically to celebrate Conservation 50. It will demonstrate Mediaeval, Georgian, Victorian and recent development and also concentrate on the history of conservation itself over the past 50 years

Primary Schools Art/ Design Competition


!The Results are in!

The winner is Year 2 from Fleetville Infant & Nursery School,

Chestnut Class, Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School were runners-up.

Congratulations to these and all the other participants, as well as to Ricky Barnett and family for winning C50’s Saturday Prize Draw – a weekend in a glorious old almshouse by the sea in Norfolk. Have a fabulous time!

See all entries in our pop-up shop: details available here.

Download our Poster as a pdf  here