2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Conservation Area in St. Albans.
St Albans was among the first Local Authorities to establish a Conservation Area. The aim was to both conserve and enhance the local architecture, character and environment. Every Local Authority has at least one Conservation Area; St. Albans District now has 19 and there are some 10,000 in England alone. To mark this, St Albans Civic Society in conjunction with local Residents Associations and other organisations are putting on a range of events designed to involve all living in our city:
An exhibition at St Albans Museum+Gallery (May 26 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.
A conference at Dagnall Street Baptist Church on 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.
A 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.