Conservation 50, 2019


Conservation 50 is a collaboration between St Albans Civic SocietyAbbey Precincts Residents Association and Aboyne Residents Association. It was organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservation Area in St Albans, whose Local Authority was among the first to implement the scheme. Our aim was to assess its current 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.

The panel discussion at our conference on  6 July was recorded and can be seen on the right

The feedback about Conservation 50 activities has been very positive. Now that the events planned for this summer draw to a close we have to consider the future.

The events and the accompanying publicity have not only drawn attention to the importance of conservation but have also highlighted some of the issues associated with conservation areas. The steering group has been enthused enough to want to continue promoting conservation areas within the City and District, so it is proposed that C50 should continue. Two immediately practical projects are being planned: to establish an appropriate ‘Blue Plaques’ scheme for the city (associating people and events with buildings and places) and to promote the formation of Conservation Area Advisory Committees to support the maintenance and development of conservation areas.

Conservation 50 is most grateful for the support it has received.


If you would like to donate or volunteer as part of its future please contact us.

Video of the Q&As session at the C50 conference on 6th July.

Posted by Tim Boatswain on Sunday, 1 September 2019

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation Areas were introduced after 1967 and there are now 10,000 in the UK. Their primary purpose was “the protection and improvement of buildings of architectural or historic interest and of the character of areas of such interest”. 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

Conservation 50 lives on!

On Thursday 27th February the Conservation 50 committee held a small reception in Unit 18 in Christopher Place as a thank-you to its sponsors and volunteers, reporting back on the events of 2019 and outlining future plans.

  • We will contribute to the new City Centre Vision project being led by Prof Tim Boatswain, involving the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) the Civic Society and the Council
  • We are working with the new Blue Plaques St Albans group
  • We will be exploring the opportunities for forming a Conservation Area Advisory Committee for St Albans

The main display from our Conservation 50 Exhibition is currently displayed in the window of our unstaffed pop-up shop in central St Albans at 18 Christopher Place

Download our Poster as a pdf  here