Welsh Heritage Day

Welsh Heritage Day

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Cardiff City Hall

Cardiff City Hall

Cathays Park


CF10 3ND

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Welsh Heritage Day - How you can help save our Victorian and Edwardian architectural heritage.

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Wales was totally transformed in the19th century. Coal, slate and industry created an international economic powerhouse that left a legacy of amazing buildings - chapels, theatres, miners' institutes, great houses, industrial archaeology and more. Yet today this heritage is too often underappreciated, forgotten and decaying. With your help we can change that!

Join the Victorian Society, Griff Rhys Jones and leading figures in Welsh heritage and architecture at a special one day event in Cardiff to discover how you can help tackle the challenges of caring for our buildings and monuments, great and small, in 21st century Wales. We will consider how the Welsh government, planning and listing systems protect our historic buildings and structures, and learn about the Victorian Society's legal role as guardian of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

The day includes refreshments and lunch when you can meet the Victorian Society's conservation advisers for Wales, Connor McNeill and Tom Taylor. They will explain how the Victorian Society can help you save your local buildings from demolition, inappropriate redevelopment or just sheer neglect. Browse heritage organisations' stalls and meet fellow heritage and Welsh history experts and enthusiasts.

The afternoon will start with Griff Rhys Jones, TV comedian, heritage broadcaster, national treasure and President of the Victorian Society, in conversation with TV's Dr Greg Stevenson, about his personal experiences of fighting to preserve architectural heritage and why it is so vital to all of us.

Finally, we focus on effective campaigning. Our speakers will tell you about three inspiring projects: new UNESCO World Heritage Site the "Slate Landscape of North-West Wales", the Cyfarthfa Master Plan for a green vision for Merthyr Tydfil and the saving of Gwrych Castle, the real star of "I'm a celebrity... Get me out of here!"

Inspired by the talks, there will be limited places on a walk round some of Cardiff's best of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

The current programme is below precise details/ titles of talks TBC.

To run a stall advertising your business or group at Welsh heritage day email events@victoriansociety.org.uk

We hope you will leave Cardiff inspired and ready to fight for Wales's architectural heritage!

Funding from Cadw has enabled Welsh Heritage Day to be run at a special reduced price.


09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome from the Victorian Society and Cadw

Dr Elaine Davey, Chair of the Victorian Society Wales, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, Cardiff Civic Society, Trustee Insole Court and Dr Kate Roberts, Head of Historic Environment at Cadw

Victorian Powerhouse: an introduction to industrial Wales and its architectural legacy

Dr Peter Wakelin, independent writer and curator, formerly Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Director of Collections, National Museum Wales

Victorian and Edwardian Cardiff

Matthew Williams, art & architecture historian, Emeritus Curator of Cardiff Castle

Coffee Break with Stalls & Victorian Society casework surgery

Welsh Chapels: the UK’s most threatened buildings?

Sue Fielding, Senior Buildings Investigator at Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Theatres, miners’ institutes and performance places

Rob Firman, Architect & head of Arts, Culture and Heritage at Austin-Smith:Lord

Lunch with Stalls & VicSoc casework surgery conservation advisers

Restoration: heritage champion Griff Rhys Jones on his personal journey

Griff Rhys Jones, comedian, broadcaster & President of the Victorian Society, in conversation with Dr Greg Stevenson

Campaigning for Victorian and Edwardian architecture in Wales: recent casework

Connor McNeill, Victorian Society conservation adviser South Wales and Tom Taylor, Victorian Society conservation adviser Mid and North Wales

Roofing the World: slate landscape of north-west Wales & UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dr David Gwyn, archaeologist & heritage consultant

Reimagining Cyfarthfa: a green vision for Merthyr Tydfil

Geraint Talfan Davies OBE, broadcaster & Chair Cyfarthfa Foundation

3.30pm: Closing and call to action from Alan Davies, Victorian Society Trustee, architect and head of Heritage at BDP

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