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.   Our events programme is currently suspended but a series of online speaker meetings will commence shortly. We look forward to resuming a full events programme in 2021.

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

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

AGM 2020

Date: 22 October 2020

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

This year’s AGM will be held online via Zoom. Members should request login details by emailing stalbanscivicsociety@gmail.com

Following the formal business, there will be a talk by Daisy Cooper MP

St Albans City Centre Vision Conference

Date: 26 June 2020

Time: 14.00

St Albans District Council, in co-operation with the Business Improvement District (BID), Conservation 50 and the Civic Society, are looking to develop a new vision for St Albans’ city centre – the last City Centre Vision document dates back to 2009 and much has happened since then. Although devastating in so many ways, Covid-19 pandemic gives us an opportunity to look at new priorities for the city centre which should focus on the public’s health and well-being as well as economic revival.

This online conference will invite a panel of experts to present ideas on the future of city centres and, following the conference, it is planned to hold a public consultation on what the future of St Albans’ city centre should look like.

To register please click on this link

Alban Weekend Local History Quiz

Date: 20 June 2020

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Join us for an interactive fun local history quiz for the Alban Weekend. Hosted online by Tim Boatswain.

Click here for info on how to join the quiz for free

Trees and the Architect – EVENT POSTPONED

Date: 21 May 2020

Time: 20.00

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

This talk has been cancelled and a new date will be arranged later in the year

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

The Landscape of the City – EVENT POSTPONED

Date: 9 April 2020

Time: 20.00

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

This talk has been cancelled and a new date will be arranged later in the year

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).

 

CCOSS – Design contest for major development – EVENT CANCELLED

Date: 23 March 2020

Time: 20.00

Location: The Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

The Council is now consulting residents on this major development on the old Police Station site and we are holding a meeting to outline our views on the three proposals.

This meeting has been cancelled in response to advice from Government on the spread of coronavirus

This talk has been cancelled and a new date will be arranged later in the year

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

St Albans District Council’s policy on greening

Date: 13 February 2020

Time: 20.30

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)

PLEASE NOTE: this talk starts at 8.30pm 

‘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

Events in 2020

Details of planned events appeared in the Winter 2019 newsletter

All Events are currently suspended. 

The AGM will be held online

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