Events

Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans. The full diary of events is usually published in the Autumn.

There is an Annual General Meeting (usually held in June) when all members are invited to give their views on past and future happenings in our city.

Perhaps the highlight of the year is our Awards Evening in October where we celebrate best practice in current architecture and design – for both buildings and our green spaces.

Additionally, we participate in the St Albans Residents First Weekend and Heritage Open Days, and arrange visits to other interesting and historic towns.

Upcoming Events

Heritage Buildings and the Future: Contextual and Contemporary

Date: 21 March 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: The Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

This lecture will explore in detail four different contemporary buildings that each sit within a historic setting; from their conceptual inception through to practical completion. It will look into the different approaches taken by the architects and Clients of the four projects and demonstrate how contemporary architecture can sit sympathetically within a historic context.

 

Simon Knight of local practice Milligan Knight Architects, presents the third in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.

Heritage Buildings and the Future: Conservation 50 – an anniversary for St Albans

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: The Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Tim Boatswain presents the final monthly talk running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.

St Albans in 2069 (Herts Association of Architects & St Albans Museum event)

Start date: 19 April 2019

End date: 22 April 2019

Location: St Albans Museum + Gallery, The Old Town Hall

Spring Visit to Faversham and Whitstable

Date: 11 May 2019

Time: 08.45 - 18.40

We travel via St Pancras taking the Javelin High Speed Train

 

Visit to Faversham & Whitstable booking form

Conservation 50 conference

Date: 6 July 2019

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Location: Dagnall Street Baptist Church. St Albans

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of conservation areas in St Albans at our conference. Full details to follow.

Past Events

Heritage Buildings and the Future: An Architect’s View of Modern Buildings in an Historic City

Date: 21 February 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

The talk will debate building modern architecture in a historic city .It will focus on St Albans but give wider examples.  We have to respect our cultural and historic heritage, but we must also create new buildings that will meet the requirements of today and the future .We must hand on a balanced and heritage city to the next generations. The talk will include thoughts on a sustainable future.

Geraint John presents the second in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.

Heritage Buildings and the Future: A Sense of Place

Date: 24 January 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Often when we object to a new development we cite ‘loss of, or damage to, character’ or something similar. What is it that contributes to the character of an area? What makes St Albans – St Albans? What gives it a sense of place? This is an attempt to look at some of the things that have contributed to St Albans’ character in the past and raise some questions about what we might want in future developments large or small.

 

Jill Singer presents the first in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.

The Ver and Lakes Project

Date: 15 November 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Join us for an update on the plans to revitalise the River Ver and find out more about how this impacts on the Lake, the Park and other areas adjacent to the River.

Awards Evening

Date: 30 October 2018

Time: 19:30

Location: Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

Please note this event is on Tuesday 30 October, not Thursday as shown in the newsletter.

Social and report back on questionnaire

Date: 21 October 2018

Time: 14.15 - 16.30

Location: Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road St Albans AL3 4SE

Over 100 people provided us with comments in response to the questionnaire sent to all members. At this meeting we will talk about the key points, discuss with you what that might mean in terms of how the Society develops and explain how we propose to use the information to produce our Five-Year Plan. This is combined with a social event and opportunity for informal discussions.

 

Update on the Local Plan

Date: 18 September 2018

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Councillor Mary Maynard (portfolio holder for planning) will talk to us about the Council’s latest proposals for the Local Plan. Members, guests and Residents Associations welcome.

Heritage Open Days

Start date: 13 September 2018

End date: 16 September 2018

Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival. Please click on the link to the brochure giving full details of all the venues open to the public in St Albans.

Heritage Open Days brochure 2018

Heritage Open Days

Start date: 6 September 2018

End date: 9 September 2018

The Civic Society in conjunction with the Herts Advertiser is pleased to support the brochure giving full details of all the venues open to the public in St Albans. This year events take place over two weekends so please see the brochure for details of which attractions are open when.

Heritage Open Days brochure 2018

AGM

Date: 28 June 2018

Time: 20.00 -21.30

This year’s AGM takes place at the Octagon Room, St Peters Church.

Further details to follow

Events in 2019

The 2019 programme card will be available in March

 

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The membership / financial year runs from 1st April through to 31st March but you may of course join at any time so don’t delay, join today!

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