Press Release

31 July 2018

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Join hundreds of Civic Voice members, partners and people working in the historic environment to connect, learn, influence the debate and celebrate the power of community as we ask, "How can we balance conservation and regeneration?"

Find our more about the conference here.

Tickets have been selling well for the Civic Voice Conference which is being held at The Rep Theatre, Birmingham on 19-20 October 2018. The Civic Voice team are working closely with Birmingham Civic Society in making sure this is a conference that makes a real difference - we don't want you or your civic society to miss out - so book your place now and join groups including Blackpool, Bristol, Cockermouth and Retford who have already registered to attend.

The focus of the Conference will be on conservation and regeneration within our towns and cities and asking "how can we balance conservation and regeneration?"

It will be build upon our Big Conservation Conversation as we make the case for the importance of conservation areas and the historic environment.


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Speakers at the Conference: Tony Barton, Chairman, Donald Insall Associates; Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President; Sir Terry Farrell, Vice-president, Civic Voice; Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund; Deborah Lamb, Director of Engagement and Deputy Chief Executive at Historic England; Sarah Mcleod, Chief Executive Officer, Wentworth Woodhouse and Chair of Heritage Trust Network; Dame Fiona Reynolds, Former Director General, National Trust; Laura Sandys, Vice-president, Civic Voice & Griff Rhys Jones, President, Civic Voice

The Conference will be spread over two days:

Friday 19 October 2018

On the first day we will hear from a number of keynote speakers giving their perspective on national issues and what this could mean locally in our communities. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to debate and engage with the keynote speakers and other delegates.

Saturday 20 October 2018

On the second day, we will hold our AGM and this will then be followed by a number of workshops and opportunities for discussion and networking. This will give us all the opportunity to explore subjects and issues affecting the civic movement across the country in detail and hear from recent case studies.

There will be be a number of tours and visits hosted by Birmingham Civic Society, giving you the chance to see and hear first-hand from the Society as they celebrate their centenary year.

The workshops and tours are currently being finalised and will be announced at the end of August. If there are any particular subjects or issues that your civic society would be interested in discussing - please get in touch!

The ticket price for the Conference includes lunch and refreshments for both days.

Friday Evening

Friday evening will be a night of entertainment and celebration in true ‘Brummie’ style. Tickets are available separately for the evening and include food and entertainment.

Book your ticket for the Conference and Friday evening here.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham in October!

*More speakers and workshops to be confirmed in the next few weeks on our website here.

Join us at:

The REP Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP