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

The event is free for Society members, but must be pre-booked, please contact Katherine Booth
kemb1@hotmail.com tel: 07711 946829

AGM

Date: 27 June 2019

Time: 20.00

Location: Octagon Room, St Peters Church

Conservation 50 conference

Date: 6 July 2019

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Location: Dagnall Street Baptist Church. St Albans

In order 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 are organising 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.

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

Past Events

Spring Visit to Faversham and Whitstable

Date: 11 May 2019

Time: 08.45 - 18.40

Travel via St Pancras taking the Javelin High Speed Train. Faversham is a market town famous for its brewing. It is the home of Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery. Visit the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre established by the Faversham Society. Whitstable has both a beach and harbour. It is famed for its oysters. The town’s shops have a vintage appeal.

Visit to Faversham & Whitstable booking form

Booking up fast so please return the form asap if you want to attend

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

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

In 1969 St Albans was one of the first local authorities to designate a Conservation Area. This talk will explain what a Conservation Area is and how a series of events, under the title Conservation 50, will celebrate and debate the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas in St Albans. Tim Boatswain presents the final monthly talk running up to the 6th July events.

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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: 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.

 

Events in 2019

Details of all our events appear under upcoming events on the left.

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