Options for heritage third sector

Available on Cadw’s web site is the final option report produced following stakeholder consultation last autumn on options for the organisation of the heritage ‘third sector’ in Wales. The report responded to grassroots ambition for a structure that would enable

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Open Doors contacts 2014

We’ve previously blogged this, but just so it gets around, the new e-mail address for Open Doors is opendoors@wales.gsi.gov.uk.  There is now a link to an Open Doors page and forms on their web site: cadw.wales.gov.uk. Personal contacts are: Roger

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Et in arcadia ego

Originally published in About Wales, an affectionate look at arcades, mainly, but not exclusively, in South Wales.

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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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