Monthly Archives: February 2014

Victorian Society urges Coal Exchange inquiry

The Victorian Society is urging supporters to sign a petition to government to forestall Cardiff Council’s plans for the Coal Exchange and set up a public inquiry into the current situation.

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Goodbye (from us) to Open Doors

Many of those involved in the annual O­­pen Doors/European Heritage Days programme have been contacting us with enquiries about this year’s  programme, usually launched on 1st March each year. The Civic Trust for Wales has organised Open Doors since it began

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Nairn’s vision

Ian Nairn died in 1983, but for twenty years he was a blunt critic of the tawdriness of post-war development in British towns and cities. He criticised the emergence of ‘subtopia’ — the blurring of town and country, and the way towns were coming to seem drearily alike.

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Charlotte Square

Rhiwbina and District Civic Society is producing a character study of this large Cardiff suburb. This report on Charlotte Square illustrates the approach they have taken to the project.

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Plenary debates heritage next steps

This week’s Welsh Assembly plenary session debated the government’s historic environment strategy and its intentions for the way forward following the recent Future of our past consultation.

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Historic Coal Exchange under threat?

Allegations have been made this week in Private Eye  that the core of Cardiff’s historic Coal Exchange could be demolished without listed building consent being sought. The grade II* listed Cardiff Coal Exchange sits in Mount Stuart Square, and is

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Rebuilding a civic society

Anna Lermon explains how the Abergavenny Civic Society transformed itself into an effective organisation with a diverse range of activities Link

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Sense of place: Victorian Penarth

The Trust moved its offices to Penarth last summer. What a change from central Cardiff! Nowadays, Penarth is virtually a commuter suburb, but it retains a very distinctive sense of place that was shaped in later Victorian and Edwardian times. It’s been fun — even in a miserably wet winter — exploring its streets and discovering some of the features that make this town special.

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Characterisation, Conservation and Urban Design in Wales

The RTPI is holding a conference on the above topics in Cardiff on March 25th. Chaired by Prof John Punter the afternoon session focuses on conservation and urban design practice. Contributors will be Steve Smith (Swansea), Claire Hamm (Bridgend), Niall

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Celebrating the Chartists

The February edition of the Celebrating the Chartists newsletter leads with the Welsh Government’s call for Newport to ‘fully recognise and develop’ the Chartist contribution to British democracy and the response from the city’s Business Task Force to this approach to regeneration.

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