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 2019 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.

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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

ARTS & CRAFTS Day School

November 23

(10:30 to 15:30)

A Day School on the Arts & Crafts Movement will explore the culture of the movement and its effects in St Albans.

Click here for details

This event is kindly supported by St Albans Cathedral.

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

Conservation Walk

City of St Albans Tour Guides led a guided walk specifically to celebrate Conservation 50. It demonstrated Mediaeval, Georgian, Victorian and recent developments, concentrating on the history of conservation itself over the past 50 years.

If there is enough interest to assemble a group of at last 12, this Walk could be repeated – please contact us.

Download our Poster as a pdf  here