IHBC’s London Branch looks to the future of Conservation Areas: ‘Back to the Future – The next 50 years…’, London, 3 Oct

The IHBC’s London Branch is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967, which established Conservation Areas, by looking ahead against a ‘background of reduced local authority expenditure and continuing uncertainty over funding’, in our ‘Back to the Future’ conference on 3 October, in London’s Royal College of Physicians.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘Once again our London Branch is highlighting how conservation professionals take on the lessons of the past so we can better plan ahead.’

‘This year the Branch reviews and scopes out the impacts and prospects of a remarkable – and, many would argue, revolutionary – piece of legislation!’

‘As the 1967 Act re-shaped the way we can think about managing places, this event offers unique insights into how we can, and must, manage them for the future.’

‘Sir Patrick Geddes would have been very proud!’

IHBC’s London Branch writes:

In this, the 50th year since legislation was passed to allow the designation of conservation areas, it is appropriate for us to celebrate our achievements in establishing these areas as a key part of our historic environment. At the same time however, we should also be looking at what lessons we have learned over the years as well as challenging ourselves to consider what conservation areas are going to look like in the future.

As we also celebrate the 13th of IHBC’s London Conferences, we will be looking ahead, against a background of reduced local authority expenditure and continuing uncertainty over funding.  The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including how are conservation areas perceived: does expectation match reality? How can we protect their special character from inappropriate development? What is the potential for post-war designations and how to engage communities?

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.

Chaired by IHBC President David McDonald, speakers include,

  • Duncan McCallum, Historic England
  • Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets
  • Harriet Bell, London Borough of Enfield
  • John Pendlebury, University of Newcastle
  • Charles Wagner, Built Heritage Consultancy
  • Ian Ayris, Newcastle City Council
  • Angela koch, ImaginePlaces
  • Roger Winfield, Kentish Town Neighbourhood ForumPhysicians College London

This one-day conference is to be held in Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I listed Royal College of Physicians (1960–64); an award-winning conference venue.

For more details and to book see: backtothefuture.ihbc.org.uk

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