50 years of Conservation Areas and their future

The Civic Amenities Act, with its powers to designate Conservation Areas, came into force on 27 July 1967. There are now 10,000 conservation areas, and new areas as well as extensions of existing areas are still being designated.

The work of heritage volunteers and voluntary organisations, through participation in the work of conservation area advisory committees and through campaigning has demonstrated passionate commitment to protecting and enhancing the legacy of the past and the local people’s quality of life.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of voluntary action in conservation areas?

What are the challenges for the future in balancing the tensions of national vs local, economic development vs respect for the legacy of the past and the needs of local people?

Are there research opportunities and priorities that will contribute to the way forward?

These and other questions will be explored during the Voluntary Action History’s Society’s study day at St. Pancras Old Church, located at the heart of an area in which the ‘inevitable’ drive for development has been staunchly contested.

This issues will be discussed

Saturday 24 June. 10am-6pm.

Voluntary Action and the Fight for Heritage:

50 years of Conservation Areas, 1967-2017 Study Day

A varied programme of talks, discussion and debate, a guided walk, AGM, and a reception the  churchyard.

St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London NW1 1UL

Registration fee: £15. Register via Eventbright:


Monday 26 June. 7.30pm. Heritage Makes You Happy

Do you live in a Conservation Area?

Do you walk through one on your way to work?

What makes each of them special?

The Putney Society is celebrating our diverse local heritage by illustrating the wonderful variety of different periods and buildings in Putney’s 14 Conservation Areas.

If you think you know Putney or for those who may not know Putney so well, come along and get a taste of some of these delights.

Putney Society,  Community Church, Werter Road, London SW15 2LL

All welcome, non-members as well as Putney Society members


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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