Category Archives: Event

Neighbourhood Planning: What it’s achieving and how

26 February 2019

Neighbourhood Planning: What it’s achieving and how

With neighbourhood planning now well underway in many urban centres and neighbourhoods, towns, villages and rural areas, this seminar is an opportunity to hear about innovative strategies and techniques to build an evidence base for critical issues, common challenges and ways to respond to them, and what to look for in appointing an inspector.

Further details and bookings here

Supporting Historic High Streets: The Ingredients for success in the 21st Century

22 January 2019
Kellogg College, Oxford

Following on from the well-received 2018 seminars on town centres, this next event organised by Historic Towns and Villages Forum looks at the visitor economy as a key part of the future high street’s appeal.  Attracting the ‘experiential consumer’ – whether an international tourist or local resident – is now seen as the future to bolstering retail activity in town centres. 

In this seminar we explore what this means in different contexts, the role of the historic environment, and how to attract visitors and re-capture spending locally, looking at: 

  • the outcomes of research into the four types of ‘town signatures’ – to understand how different towns actually function; 
  • the role of communities and heritage assets in revitalising town centres;
  • playing to a place’s inherent strengths in developing its brand for a stronger visitor economy; 
  • using place-making strategies to change perceptions; 
  • reusing empty shop to bring arts and culture to a town centre; 
  • what it takes to turn your town around; 
  • why it is worth investing in historic shop fronts; 
  • plus, a workshop on your challenges and putting ideas into action.

This seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and consultants with an interest in urban design, planning, community action, and town centre, heritage and retail management. 

Further details and booking here

Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows

21 – 22 February 2019
Balmoral Castle

This 2-day Course will address the Conservation, Repair and Maintenance Requirements of Sash and Case, and a range of other Traditional Windows. This Course will be of immense benefit to: Joiners, Architects and other Construction Industry Professionals, as well as Owners of Traditional Buildings, Local Authority Planning and Maintenance Staff, and representatives of Conservation Organisations.

The all-inclusive fee for attending the Course is £175 – which includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

For further information, or to book a place on the Course, call 01888 511347, or e-mail

Further details here

New Town Heritage Research Network Sharing the Learning Day

23 January 2019
MK City Discovery Centre Milton Keynes

This International Network led by Oxford Brookes University and Coventry University has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Milton Keynes Council, and MKCDC and has originated out of several New Towns celebrating birthday milestones, but with one eye on using that pivotal year to move forward to meet future growth and/or regeneration challenges.  Other partners in the Network include the International New Town Institute, Rotterdam, Peterborough and Harlow. The working programme is attached.

The day will see speakers drawn from across a number of new towns in the network and a variety of disciplines including academia, heritage, culture, city planning and growth all come together to share their experiences from the research project.

The morning will explore the strategic context of how new towns, having reached a certain ‘age’, are now seeking to reinvent themselves, using their unique heritage and design ‘DNA’ to  position themselves in a rapidly urbanising and diversifying world.  Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will then focus on individual new town case studies. 

Panel discussions will follow both sessions in which you and/or your colleagues can also feedback your experiences in your town, so that a complete story of what challenges are facing new towns is captured.  The day will end with an open ‘Next Steps’ session where discussion will be on what the Network hopes to achieve in 2019 and whether there are opportunities for your town to participate. 

The day is open to any number of delegates, specialising in the disciplines mentioned above, although for capacity reasons we may have to restrict numbers. 
If you are interested please RSVP by Tuesday 15 January stating how many delegates wish to attend to:

Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture

1 – 28 July 2019
Engelsberg, Sweden

The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture is a four-week intensive programme taught by leading practitioners and academics of modern classical architecture. Practical and theoretical modules give participants both taught and hands-on experience, with opportunities for discussion, debate, and learning throughout. The combination of individual projects, group work, and one-to-one support from tutors provide a unique learning experience for students and practitioners of all levels of ability and experience.

The course offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from leading experts and a diverse range of fellow students. It is a forum for discussion and debate, a chance to develop and improve skills, and will challenge students to think critically and creatively as well as to produce designs that apply learnings and observations made throughout the course.

Further details here