Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Heritage Opportunity: Creating prosperity through partnership | Monday 28 October 2013

'The Heritage Opportunity' will discuss how a more strategic approach to looking at the built heritage sector can bring economic benefits to Northern Ireland. Drawing on the best examples from the UK, the conference will promote and facilitate partnerships among public, private and voluntary sectors to maximise the economic opportunities provided by our built heritage. The main focus will be on housing, tourism, creating jobs and enhancing skills. The conference aims to embed heritage as a mainstream economic driver in the next Programme for Government for Northern Ireland.

The conference will investigate key developmental challenges facing Northern Ireland and identify transformational opportunities around how space is used. By drawing inspiration from examples, we will seek to energise developers, the construction industry and the public sector. Key themes are partnership, sustainability, transforming communities and creativity.

The day will include workshops, and there will be contributions from the Departments of Environment, Enterprise and Social Development; government is clearly an interested and proactive participant.


8:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:15 Welcome and Introduction. Terry A’Hearn, NIEA CEO, Conference Chairman

9:30 Northern Ireland’s Heritage Asset - Department of the Environment Spokesperson

Format: Each speaker will present for 15 minutes, followed by a facilitated discussion for 20 minutes and a 5 minute summary presented by the facilitator.

9:45 Local Government. Peter McNaney, Belfast City Council. Facilitator: Stephen Aston (NIEA)

10:30 Universities. Colin Breen, University of Ulster. Facilitator: Brian Williams (NIEA)

11:15 Break

11:45 Introduction to Session - Department of Social Development Spokesperson
12:00 Community. Paul Mullan, HLF. Facilitator: TBC
12:45 Landscape Partnerships. Jim Bradley, Belfast Hills Partnership. Facilitator: Patrick Casement, CNCC

1:30 Lunch

2:15 Introduction to Session - Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Spokesperson

2:30 Private Sector. Bill Ferris, Chatham Docks. Facilitator: Martyn Todd, NITB Board 

3:15 Overview and Closing Remarks. Terry A’Hearn
3:30 Close - Ronnie Spence, HLF NI Chairman

Conference Details
Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Skainos, Newtownards Road, Belfast
Registration: Free online at this link

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