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.
There are no upcoming events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note this event is on Tuesday 30 October, not Thursday as shown in the newsletter.
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.
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.
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.