Thursday, 11 October 2012

UAHS Heritage Time Conference | Tues 30 Oct 2012, ChristChurch, Belfast

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society present a conference aimed at promoting the continued use, sustainable reuse and adaption of historic buildings at the heart of communities by the government, local groups and private individuals. Heritage Time will take place at ChristChurch, Belfast on Tuesday 30th October 2012, 9am - 3pm. The application to attend (see end of post) should be returned to the UAHS by post or email: [email protected]

Credit: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

A note from the UAHS about the Heritage Time Conference:

In October 2011, Minister for the Environment, Alex Attwood ML, established a Heritage Crime Taskforce and initiated a series of 'Heritage Crime' summits. The first took place in the wake of a spate of arson attacks on prominent listed buildings, including Hilden Mill, Lisburn, Herdman's Mill, Sion Mills and Crumlin Road Courthouse, Belfast.

The series of summits shone a spotlight on the damage to our built heritage and their local communities. It ensured for the first time that this damage was viewed as a crime.

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is keen to build on the Minister's initiative. This 'Heritage Time' conference seeks to highlight the opportunities presented to public bodies, community groups and private individuals by vulnerable buildings at risk. Our venue provides a shining example of how severely damaged buildings can be revived. 

When resources are so scarce we all need to harness the regenerative potential of historic buildings at the heart of our communities, in both short and long term.

The time for recognising the worth of these distinctive and finite assets has come. Our speakers will explain the enforcement, policy and financial tools which can help unlock their potential.

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Heritage Time Conference Schedule

9.00    Registration & Coffee

9.30    Welcome | Primrose Wilson, Vice-Chairman of UAHS

9.40    Keynote Address | Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for the Environment

9.50    Heritage Crime Round-Up | Anne Blacker, NIEA Environmental  Crime Unit

10.10  Protocol for the Care of Government's Historic Estate | Manus Deery, NIEA Conservation Architect

10.30  Developing a new Framework for Heritage Re-Use | Frederick O'Dwyer, Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

11.00  Coffee

11.20  Observations of NAMA on Historic Buildings Issues | Christopher McGarry, NAMA

11.40  Community Asset Transfer | Brendan Murtagh, Queen's University Belfast

12.00  Q & A followed by lunch

1.30  Meanwhile Uses | Diana Fitzsimons, Turley Associates, MAG & Lorraine Robinson, UAHS Heritage Projects Officer

2.10  Tax Incentives to Revive Empty Buildings | Aubrey Calderwood, Capitus

2.30  Reflecting on Opportunities | Dawson Stelfox, Architect, UAHS Committee Member

2.50  Discussion - Brainstorm - Resolutions

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