New lectures announced in winter talks programme

How can we be inspired by successful historic commercial developments elsewhere in our work to protect Selby’s heritage?

Join two new lectures in a series of heritage and conservation talks that look at this and how conservation and heritage influence our future, as part of the winter talks programme for the Historic England funded project, Selby’s High Street Heritage Action Zone.

On Wednesday 9 February at 1pm the lecture Saving Our Historic Commercial Buildings will look at the recently completed restoration and revitalisation project for Leeds First White Cloth Hall, on Kirkgate, the oldest street in Leeds.

The Grade II* listed building was constructed in 1711 and is said to be the catalyst for the growth of the textile industry in the city. Since then, it has seen a variety of uses and alterations, before falling into vacancy and dereliction by the early 2000s. Placed on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register, by the mid-2010s the building was in real danger of being lost.

Supported by Leeds City Council, Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund (via Townscape Heritage funding), Leeds-based developer Rushbond acquired the building and commissioned its rescue.

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On Wednesday 9 March, at 1pm, the lecture Creative Design in Historic Buildings will look at the developments on the King’s Gate entrance to Caernarfon Castle.

Caernarfon Castle is an incredibly significant historic building; protected by local, national and international designations, it forms a part of a World Heritage Site, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and a is Grade I listed building.

The project commissioned by Cadw focuses on the King’s Gate as the main entrance into the castle and the overall strategy is to advance the visitor experience and understanding of the King’s Gate by improving the visitor offer, especially those with limited ability to access parts of the castle.

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Cllr Tim Grogan, Selby District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Culture said: “These latest talks build on our long-term work to highlight our rich heritage through the Selby Heritage Action Zone and they offer local people who are interested in heritage and conservation a unique opportunity to learn a great deal about these major heritage projects.”

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.”

The talks will be delivered by architects from Buttress Architects and are free. Simply use the Eventbrite links to reserve your place.

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.