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Voluntary Action and the Fight for Heritage: 50 years of Conservation Areas

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St Pancras Old Church

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The Civic Amenities Act, with its powers to designate Conservation Areas, came into force on 27th July 1967. There are now 10,000 conservation areas, and new areas as well as extensions of existing areas are still being designated.

The work of heritage volunteers and voluntary organisations, through participation in the work of conservation area advisory committees and through campaigning has demonstrated passionate commitment to protecting and enhancing the legacy of the past and the local people’s quality of life.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of voluntary action in conservation areas? What are the challenges for the future in balancing the tensions of national vs local, economic development vs respect for the legacy of the past and the needs of local people? Are there research opportunities and priorities that will contribute to the way forward? These and other questions will be explored during the Voluntary Action History’s Society’s study day at St. Pancras Old Church, located at the heart of an area in which the ‘inevitable’ drive for development has been staunchly contested.

The study day offers a varied programme of talks, debate, a guided walk and a reception in a magnificent churchyard setting. It also includes the annual general meeting of the Society.

The cost of the day's event is £15.

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10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.30 Welcome (Meta Zimmeck, Chair of VAHS)

10.40 Voluntary action and the struggle for heritage: Who volunteers? Which organisations are involved? How are they involved? Why are they involved? What do they do? (Andy Curtis, Institute for Volunteering Research)

11.10 Conservation areas: How do they operate? How are they resourced? What are the dynamics between the various players? How have they changed over time? How successful have they been? How likely are they to survive? (Lester Hillman)

11.40 Saving place: 50 years of conservation areas in London (Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England)

12.10 A view from the local front: Fighting the good fight in Kings Cross and Somers Town (Slaney Devlin, Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum)

12.40pm Discussion: The last fifty years and the next fifty years (All speakers)

13.00 Sandwich lunch

13.30 Guided Walk King’s Cross, St Pancras, Regent’s Canal Conservation Areas - taking in the King’s Cross Central Development, the Visitor Centre and St Pancras International. Group photograph at statue of Sir John Betjeman (Tour guide: Lester Hillman)

Note: Alternative for mobility-impaired attendees or attendees generally in the event of very inclement weather: St Pancras Old Church and Churchyard tour led by Lester Hillman and/or Rachael Floyd, Churchwarden

15.45 VAHS AGM

16.15 Reception

18.00 Close of study day

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