Alnwick Civic Society thanks IHBC, CV etc. for funding to help secure £6600 celebration of Conservation Areas anniversary

Alnwick Civic Society has secured £6,600 for a special publishing project on local ‘Heritage Heroes’, thanks to seed-funding from the IHBC and Civic Voice, and now 2,000 copies can be made available at no cost for local groups, schools, residents and visitors.

Joint lead on the initiative for Alnwick Civic Society, and IHBC Past President, David Lovie said: ‘The project focuses on detailing the contributions made over the years by local people and organisations to the conservation and interpretation of the Ducal town of Alnwick’s architectural and townscape heritage.’

‘As 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the creation of conservation areas in the UK, the booklet will commemorate this by showcasing the many heritage treasures of Alnwick’s own conservation area through the ages.’

‘We are very grateful to all our funders but especially grateful to IHBC and Civic Voice for the ‘seed-corn funding’ which always makes it easier to get the rest we need.

‘In particular, the early funding served to demonstrate that at least two well respected community/professional bodies have faith in our own local Civic Society, which goes a long way to adding special value to our funding applications for our Heritage Heroes project.’

Alnwick Civic Society writes:

The 40-page, A4-sized, illustrated booklet will, firstly, take a view of the town’s heritage by researching the positive contributions of a historian, building company and architect from the 19th century, a 20th-century urban geographer, a current illustrator and Alnwick Civic Society itself.

Secondly, as 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the creation of conservation areas in the UK, the booklet will commemorate this by showcasing the many heritage treasures of Alnwick’s own conservation area through the ages.

Finally, the booklet will contain informative maps of the conservation area’s boundaries, its protected buildings and a route around Alnwick’s historic centre. The project will also provide opportunities for volunteers to share information through public talks and guided walks aimed at bringing the contributions of Alnwick’s heritage heroes to life.


Civic Voice writes:

Alnwick Civic Society, in partnership with the town’s Museum, has landed £6,600 for a special publishing project. The project focuses on detailing the contributions made over the years by local people and organisations to the conservation and interpretation of the Ducal town of Alnwick’s architectural and townscape heritage.

As 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the creation of conservation areas in the UK, the booklet will commemorate this by showcasing the many heritage treasures of Alnwick’s own conservation area through the ages. Thanks to the grant aid and the project’s other two funders – Institute of Historic Building Conservation with Civic Voice and legacy funding from the North East Forum of Civic Societies – 2,000 copies will be made available at no cost for local groups, schools, residents and visitors.


Northumberland Gazette writes:

Alnwick Civic Society, in partnership with the town’s Bailiffgate Museum, has landed £6,600 for a special publishing project. Some Alnwick Heritage Heroes has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players via the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project focuses on detailing the contributions made over the years by local people and organisations to the conservation and interpretation of the Ducal town of Alnwick’s architectural and townscape heritage.

‘Thanks to the grant aid and the project’s other two funders – The Institute of Historic Building Conservation with Civic Voice and legacy funding from the North East Forum of Civic Societies – 2,000 copies will be made available at no cost for local groups, schools, residents and visitors.

Peter Ennor, chairman of Alnwick Civic Society, said: ‘We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will produce a unique heritage booklet, further develop the heritage interpretation skills of local volunteers and add much to the present store of local knowledge available to Alnwick’s residents and visitors alike.’

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