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Are you interested in the history and heritage of Selby town centre? How can we use our rich heritage as an asset to create a positive future for the high street?

A series of heritage and conservation public lectures will look at these questions as part of the winter talks programme of the Historic England funded project, Selby’s High Street Heritage Action Zone.

The lectures will explore what heritage and conservation is and look at the way it influences development to historic buildings and their context. There’ll be two recorded presentations from Buttress Architects followed by a live Question & Answer sessions with the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) architectural team.

On Monday 29 November at 1pm the talk ‘A Beginners Guide to Conservation and Heritage - What is Heritage?’ takes place.

This will focus on outlining what heritage is, what it means and what impact it has when someone is considering undertaking work to a heritage asset.  

Understanding the significance of heritage assets is fundamental to their care and protection. This talk will introduce the principles of conservation and how these are both the tangible fabric of buildings and monuments preserved through designations, and the intangible elements of our lives both in the past and in our present experiences.

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On Monday 6 December at 6pm the talk ‘A Beginners Guide to Conservation and Heritage – Responding to Heritage in Design’ takes place.

This will focus on heritage considerations, how designers respond to these and the requirements for statutory consultees like Historic England. It will also look at local policy and guidance and where you can find further information.

The talk will explore built heritage and what we can see of our history in the physical fabric, and how we can relate this to past lives and experiences and use it to inform the way that we approach building development.

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Dave Caulfield, Selby District Council’s Director of Economic Regeneration & Place, commented: “These talks are part of our ambitious, long-term plans to highlight Selby’s rich and diverse heritage through the work of the Heritage Action Zone. Anyone with an interest in heritage and conservation in general and our district in particular will get a great deal out of them.”

Veronica Fiorato, from Historic England added: “We are really pleased to be funding winter talks programme through the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone. They will give local people of all ages the opportunity to delve into the world of conservation and heritage.”

Further information

Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone

In 2019 Selby District Council was successful in an application to Historic England to create a High Street Heritage Action Zone in Selby town (Selby HSHAZ), centred around the Grade I Listed Selby Abbey.

The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

About Historic England

We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.