IHBC thanked by Stamford Civic Society for supporting exhibition marking anniversary of the first Conservation Area

Stamford 1967 logoAs part of the Stamford 50 local celebrations Stamford Civic Society is holding an exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre, 20 – 28 September, looking at why conservation is still important today, while acknowledging the IHBC’s funding support for the event in its publicity.

Stamford Civic Society writes:

In 1967 Stamford became the country’s first Conservation Area. Why and how did this happen and why was it so important then? As part of the Stamford 50 local celebrations Stamford Civic Society is holding an exhibition which aims to answer these questions and looks at why conservation is still important today.

The exhibition will be held at Stamford Arts Centre, 20 – 28 September.

The exhibition will illustrate Stamford’s wonderful architectural heritage and highlight the role of national and local people in tackling the threats to historic environments, prevalent in the 1960s, of rapid development and heavy traffic. Memories of local people of the town before the Conservation Area came into being will be displayed.

Stamford needs to pay thanks to Lord Duncan Sandys, Chairman of Civic Trust and MP, who steered a Private Members’ Bill through Parliament. The Bill became law when the Civic Amenities Act was granted Royal Assent on 27 July 1967 and introduced the concept of Conservation Areas. Our thanks are also due to local planning officer Dr Kenneth Fennell and his team who had the foresight to carry out preliminary work necessary to demonstrate how Stamford’s historic core could be saved.

Accompanying the exhibition there will be screenings of short films made by young people from schools in and around Stamford. Heritage Lincolnshire has invited young people to produce films to help share what matters to them about their historic town as part of Stamford Schools Heritage Film Festival.

Archive photos from Historic England’s collections showing representative aspects of Stamford’s Conservation Area will be on display and we will be asking people to take part in a competition related to the places illustrated. The exhibition has been generously supported by Colemans, The George of Stamford, Historic England and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Stamford Civic Society was formed by a small group in the early 1960s to defend the town’s heritage and actively fight for its preservation and improvement. Since then, it has grown to a membership of over 200 people. In addition to our concerns about the town’s heritage and conservation, we organise visits to local places of interest and hold talks on a variety of subjects, run projects to enhance the town, work with local schools to encourage the children to take an interest in their town, run an awards scheme and when necessary, campaign on issues affecting Stamford.

For more information please contact Carol Meads at info@stamfordcivicsociety.org.uk or call 0775 1966012.

For more on Stamford Civic Society see www.stamfordcivicsociety.org.uk

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