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 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

St Albans District Council’s policy on greening

Date: 13 February 2020

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street, AL3 5EE

Greening the City is the theme of our talks for 2020. 

In the first of these talks we hear from Cllr Chris White (Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for the Environment)

The role of trees in cities

Date: 19 March 2020

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Greening the City is the theme of our talks for 2020. 

In this month’s talk we hear from Sara Croft of The Woodland Trust

The Landscape of the City

Date: 9 April 2020

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street, AL3 5EE

Greening the City is the theme of our talks for 2020

In the third of this series of talks, our speaker is Johanna Gibbons (J & L Gibbons LLP).

 

Trees and the Architect

Date: 21 May 2020

Time: 20.00

Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street, AL3 5EE

Greening the City is the theme of our talks for 2020

The concluding presentation in our series is by John Milligan (Milligan Knight Architects) and a joint event with Hertfordshire Architectural Association

Past Events

‘Against Vulgarity’: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement

Date: 23 November 2019

Time: 10.30 - 15.30

Location: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

In a reaction to the excessively ornate mainstream style of the Victorian era – described by art historian Nicholas Pevsner as “vulgarity in detail” – the Arts and Crafts movement promoted traditional craftsmanship, using simple forms, often medieval and romantic. This study day comprises three talks exploring the Arts and Crafts movement which emerged in Britain in the last decades of the 19th  century. Proponents of the movement were also strong advocates of economic and social reform, bemoaning the rise of the industrial age. These talks aim to explore origins and influences of the movement in relation to other key figures and movements, and include, where possible, links to St Albans.

This Study Day is a partnership between Conservation 50 and the Cathedral. Price: £25 Click here to book

 

The Cathedral’s new Welcome Centre – its design and development

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Welcome Centre, St Albans Cathedral

Speakers: The Dean The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John and architect Andy Davey

The Society’s Five-Year Plan

Date: 24 October 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Octagon Room, St Peters Church

Discussion and feedback on the Society’s Plan which sets out priorities and ideas for the next five years

Visit to Stamford & Burghley House

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 08.00 - 19.30

Book now/reserve a place by email to eilyholmes@live.co.uk or tel: 01727 843389
or write to Brian Holmes, 16 Trevelyan Place, St Albans AL1 2DT.
Cheques for £35 to ‘St Albans Civic Society’

Booking form available here

CCOSS planning application

Date: 23 September 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: The Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

Presentation and discussion on this major planning application.  Cllr Robert Donald from the City Council will explain what is proposed and we will discuss if it is indeed the “opportunity site” that the Council claim or a lost opportunity to enhance the city.

Heritage Open days

Start date: 13 September 2019

End date: 22 September 2019

Explore the fascinating heritage on your doorstep during Britain’s largest heritage event! Most attractions are FREE during Heritage Open Days.

The Heritage Open Days brochure gives details of the walks, tours and attractions on offer in and around St Albans during this period.

Awards Evening

Date: 24 July 2019

Time: 19:30

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

This year’s awards presentation has been brought forward into the summer. The atmosphere will be informal, with table seating, drinks and canapés.

We hope it will appeal to even more members. Come along and celebrate!

Nearest parking in St Michael’s car park (Verulamium Museum).

Conservation 50 Walks

Date: 7 July 2019

Time: 14.30

City of St Albans Tour Guides have offered a guided walk specifically to celebrate Conservation 50. This will take in the modern Civic Area, the medieval core of the City Centre Conservation Area and its Georgian, Victorian and recent development. It will also concentrate on the history of conservation itself from its beginnings in the mid 20th century and the people who promoted it to the present day and what we are trying to do now. We are confident that this walk will be highly informative but perhaps also provocative when we consider the future role of conservation.

The first such walk will be on Sunday 7 July starting at 2.30 pm and is limited to the first 20 people to register. If there is greater demand it may be repeated on 14 July. The cost will be £6 per head.

For tickets click here

Conservation 50 conference

Date: 6 July 2019

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Location: Dagnall Street Baptist Church. St Albans

To mark and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Albans first Conservation Area, St Albans Civic Society in conjunction with the Abbey Precincts Residents Association and the Aboyne Residents Association have formed Conservation 50 and  organised a series events for the community. These include a conference at Dagnall Street Baptist Church on Saturday July 6th (2.00 – 5.00 pm): chaired by BBC journalist, Julian Worricker, with a range of speakers:

  • Emily Gee, South East Regional Director of Historic England;
  • Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice;
  • Cllr Mary Maynard, St Albans City and District Council;
  • Tim Boatswain, Chairman of St Albans Civic Society;

The conference will look at Conservation Areas in general as well as examining their current state and what they mean for residents of St Albans. Please come along, no pre-booking required, admission free.

View the Conservation 50 video here

For more details of all the events organised by Conservation 50 click here.

AGM

Date: 27 June 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: Octagon Room, St Peters Church

Events in 2020

Details of all next year’s events will appear in the winter newsletter

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