​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.   A series of online speaker meetings took place December 2020 to May 2021.

There is an Annual General Meeting  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

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

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

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

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 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).

Events in 2021

Details of events appear on the left of this page.  Our online events programme has now finished and in person events resume in the Autumn.


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Membership is open to all – to everyone who shares our aim to make our City attractive for residents and visitors.

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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