Press Release

5 October 2018

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There are only two weeks remaining until the 2018 Civic Voice Conference opens in Birmingham on 19 October - have you booked your ticket yet? Register here.

Birmingham Civic Society are celebrating "The City Beautiful" - their centenary year and what better way to celebrate with them and the successes of the civic movement over the last 100 years than to bring together civic societies from across the country to our second city for this year's conference.

On the first day we have a number of national keynote speakers delivering their thoughts and concerns on how we balance conservation and regeneration in our urban environments. It'll be your chance to hear, discuss and share with them lessons that you have from your area and give you a chance to influence the national debate on "How do we balance conservation and regeneration?"

On the second day, we will have hold our AGM followed by Sarah Mcleod, Chief Executive of Wentworth House, discussing how communities through the building preservation trust model have a central role to play in managing the nation's historic buildings.There will then be a number of workshops, tours and walks for you to attend - please see below for more details.

The Civic Voice Conference will he held 19-20 October 2018 at The REP theatre, Birmingham To book your ticket to the two day conference, please follow this link.


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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: ‘Curry at the Cathedral’

Birmingham Civic Society will be hosting a dinner at Birmingham Cathedral on Friday 19th October. The evening will be an informal event following the first day at the conference and give you a chance to relax and network with other delegates. There will be performances throughout the evening as well as a chance for you to try Civic Pride, the ale produced by local brewer Two Towers Brewery to celebrate Birmingham Civic Society’s centenary.

Book your ticket for the Conference and Friday evening here.

Saturday Workshops, Tours and Walks

Civic Voice have been working with Birmingham Civic Society in putting together an outstanding selection of workshops, tours and walks for delegates on the second day of the conference.

Workshops will bring together delegates to hear, share and learn from one another about the latest issues the civic movement across the country is facing including:

There will also be a number of tours and walks that will enable you to see how Birmingham has embraced regeneration whilst seeking to conserve its built heritage. Tours and walks will include:

Delegates will be able to sign up to the various workshops, tours and walks throughout the Conference.

For more information and details, please visit the Civic Voice Conference here.

* Friday morning: Andrew Fuller, Birmingham’s City Design Manager, to speak at exclusive ‘Breakfast Briefing'

Professionals and Building Brum delegates along with sponsors will be able to attend an exclusive ‘Breakfast Briefing’ fringe event before the main conference starts on the Friday morning. Andrew Fuller, Birmingham City Council’s City Design Manager will be discussing his experiences in how Birmingham is balancing conservation and regeneration. Delegates will hear success stories as well the challenges that local authorities are facing across the country.

Tickets are limited and selling fast and so please book asap to avoid disappointment.


Join us at:

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



Conference Sponsors Announced

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We are delighted to announce our sponsors for the 2018 Civic Voice Conference and would like to thank then for generously supporting the conference!

We are partnering with the ‘Building Brum’ networking group which is made up from members from the built environment professionals across the West Midlands including RIBA, RTPi, RICS, ICE, NFB, CIAB, CIAT, Landscape Institute and British Institute of Interior Design.

Donald Insall Associates are the conservation architects and historic building consultants. They are involved in the restoration work being carried out to the Edward Burne-Jones stained glass windows in Birmingham Cathedral where we will be having our Friday evening dinner. Tony Barton, Chair of Donald Insall Associates is also one of our keynote speakers on Friday.

Recclesia is a multi-disciplined historic building conservation contractor and consultancy with recognised in-house expertise in stonemasonry, stained glass, timber conservation and metalwork. They have extensive experience in conservation and regeneration including works to Curzon Street Station in Birmingham - the worlds first railway terminus that will form part of the Birmingham’s new HS2 station.

Wilmott Dixon, founded in 1852, are dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment and in 2018 were one of only six companies to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category. They deliver a huge variety of projects and services that have a positive impact on people's lives.

We are looking forward to welcoming our sponsors to the conference and giving our delegates the opportunity to meet with professionals delivering regeneration and conservation within our urban environments.