Work to help develop a better understanding of the heritage significance of the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds has been praised by RTPI President Ian Tant.
Ian, who visited the abbey last week as part of his visit to the East of England region, learnt about the work of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership and its role in the community celebrations next year to mark 1,000 years since the foundation of the Abbey.
Ian said: “It was fascinating to see the evocative setting of the ruins of the Abbey and to discuss exciting ideas for heritage conservation and interpretation with the Heritage Partnership.
“I was very impressed to hear how the developing work of the Heritage Partnership has been carefully integrated into the recent Town Centre Masterplan and will inform future local plans.
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and I am confident that the Abbey of St Edmund is in good hands and will be conserved for future generations so that its continuing relevance can be understood in modern times.”
The Heritage Partnership is led by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and West Suffolk Council in collaboration with nearly 20 other local and regional public, private and voluntary organisations.
As well as commissioning two research studies – a Heritage Assessment and a Conservation Plan – the Heritage Partnership has also carried out a weekly face-to-face visitor survey and several local community engagement meetings.
RTPI Past President and Heritage Partnership coordinator Richard Summers said: “Our work is about engaging with people of all ages and interests to ensure that the stories of St Edmund and the Abbey can be told and understood and that the Abbey precinct itself can be protected for future generations to enjoy.”
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