Stamford 50: A celebration of the UK’s first Conservation Area

Civic Voice Chair, Joan Humble is speaking at a conference in the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Stamford was was the first to be designated as a Conservation Area and, in recognition of this, South Kesteven District Council is marking the event with a one-day conference on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the Arts Centre in Stamford. The event is being is supported by RIBA, Historic England, RTPI, IHBC and Civic Voice.

The day will bring together a range of speakers who represent different professions and stakeholders whose life or work is influenced by the existence of Conservation Areas. The speakers will draw out what lessons have been learnt over the last 50 years and how the application of legislation has affected the way our environments have grown.

You can view the programme for the day and book a place for the conference here.

Joan will also be speaking at a number of other events throughout the year. She has kindly accepted an invitation from Conservation Areas Wirral to speak at a conference to celebrate 50 years of Conservation Areas. She will speaking at the event on Friday, 9 November after 6.30 pm.

Conservation Areas Wirral is a forum of all Wirral’s 26 Conservation Areas. Established in 2014 it is a voluntary-run organisation with members drawn from all of Wirral’s active Conservation Areas. It works with Wirral Residents, Wirral Council and Historic England to promote and protect the distinct character of Wirral’s Conservation Areas and to ensure they can be accessed and enjoyed by all, both now and in the future

Joan Humble said: "Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed. Hamilton Square is a beautiful part of the Wirral and I look forward to attending and talking about Civic Voice's Big Conservation Conversation."