50 Years of Conservation Areas

Preserving our heritage for years to come...

© Phil Campbell - The stunning view of Papmouth from the Village Hall.

Conservation Areas have, for over 50 years, protected important parts of our heritage. From historic mining and fishing villages, to country manors set in beautiful parklands, there are now over 8,000 Conservation Areas in England alone. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the act which introduced them, we have handpicked some of the best Conservation Areas working with Heritage Open Days, for you to explore this September!

Celebrate 50 Years of Conservation Areas

This exhibition tells the story of how Historic England created Conservation Areas. Discover how the legislation was passed in the Civic Amenities Act and which people were behind it- all illustrated with examples of Conservation Areas in the Surrey Mole Valley.

The archways of The Acarde in Leeds' fashionable Grand Quarter. Image Credit: Leeds City Council.

Enjoy Tours of the Grand Quarter

Proposed as the latest Conservation Area in Leeds, the Grand Quarter is famed for its history as an area of fashion and industry. Find out about its past through viewing the 19th Century, Grade II listed Grand Theatre and Arcade, and wonder about its future as a potential Conservation Area.

Explore Cockermouth and Papcastle

Set in the Cumbrian countryside, the day's events include an exhibition, self-guided walks and a book launch detailing the importance of Conservation Areas. The aim is to teach local residents how the protection of heritage areas will benefit future generations as well as ourselves.

Marvel at St. Peter's Architectural Tour

To mark the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas, join architectural historian Megan Aldrich for a wonderful walk through this historic site in Berkshire. Starting in the Caversham Court Gardens, feel free to wander along the beautiful riverside gardens and explore the 17th century summer house.

Amble around Magazine Brow Conservation Area

The bandstand at Vale Park, part of the beautiful Magazine Brow Conservation Area. Image credit: Sue Adair.

Take part in a wonderful history walk around Magazine Brow Conservation area including the beautiful Vale Park. Enjoy the myths, legends and fascinating facts of this historic area whilst walking along the banks of the River Mersey.

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