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Regeneration & Creating Positive Spaces for our Towns

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A conference from the Irish Walled Towns Network/ The Heritage Council looking at heritage-led regeneration in towns.

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Heritage buildings, street plans, and archaeological monuments all contribute to the unique character of our heritage-rich towns. Viewed by some in the past to be obstacles to progress and development, they are now valued as sources of inspiration and worth that can be central in the regeneration of urban spaces and their promotion. The combination of community effort and expertise from heritage professionals, backed by local and national government support is already making a difference.

This conference will look at a number of case studies of heritage-led regeneration in Ireland and internationally and how they can impact the town and its community.

The programme for the event is as follows:

9.30 Conference introduction

Session 1: Conservation and reuse

9.45 Use it or Lose It: Case Studies in Adaptation and Reuse: Paul Keogh, Paul Keogh Architects

10.15 Culture-led adaptive heritage reuse in Sunderland: Martin Hulse, Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT) and Miranda Iossifidis, Newcastle University

10:45 COFFEE BREAK

Session 2: Buildings and communities - bring life back to the town centre

11.00 Approximate Formality – the morphology of Irish towns: Valerie Mulvin, McCullogh Mulvin Architects

11.30 Cherishing Roscommon's heritage using the 'wheel and spoke: Nollaig White, Roscommon County Council

12.00: Covid-19 Recovery: Re-Purposing Streets & Spaces Within the Historic Walled City of Derry: Tony Monaghan, Derry City and Strabane District Council

12.30 LUNCH

Session 3: Regeneration, tourism, and the wider community

1.30 Sails and Tales - the story of a co-designed maritime exhibition in Carrickfergus: Lee Robb, Positive Carrickfergus

1:50 The role of heritage in regenerating Argyll’s Seaside Towns: Fergus Murray, Argyll, and Bute Council and Scotland’s Towns Partnership

2.20 Cultural tourism interventions for heritage-led regeneration: Lessons learnt from European best-practice case studies: Bart Neuts and Jan van der Borg, KU Leuven, Belgium

2.50 Discussion and closing remarks (20 mins)

3.10 END

This conference is organised by the Irish Walled Towns Network on behalf of the Heritage Council of Ireland. All are welcome to attend but places must be registered in advance.

The online conference will be delivered via zoom and a zoom link will be sent to all participants in advance of the conference.


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