A FUTURE FOR OUR HERITAGE CONFERENCE
Friday 12 November 2010
Wedgwood Institute, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
Plans are well advanced to hold a conference on how some of North Staffordshire’s redundant heritage assets can be brought back into sustainable use for the benefit of the local community.
Urban Vision North Staffordshire, the architecture and urban design centre, has secured a strong line up of expert speakers to talk about how communities can organise to re-use our heritage to satisfy local
needs and aspirations.
Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and well known television historian, will open the event with a keynote speech. Other speakers, including national experts in community-led regeneration, will
talk about successful examples from around the country, how communities can make things happen, and how redundant public assets can be transferred and run by community groups.
In the afternoon local community members will present their proposals for projects to re-use heritage buildings or sites, and afterwards conference delegates will vote to nominate the ideas that they think
should be given priority support.
Projects which have come forward so far include the re-use of the former Methodist Chapel in Etruria as a community enterprise centre, a climbing centre for a chapel in Burslem, the re-use of a former Co-op
building in Leek as an arts centre, and the rebuilding of the old Burslem Branch Canal.
Mick Downs, Executive Director of Urban Vision, said: “We have had a great response from people who want to make better use of our vacant historic buildings, and we would love to have more suggestions.
Anyone who has a project idea for an unused old building, which they would like to promote, should get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing us on 01782 575321.“
The conference aims to identify potential heritage regeneration projects which Urban Vision might help local community groups develop and take forward to meet their recognised needs and aspirations.
The conference, A Future For Our Heritage, will take place on Friday 12 November 2010 at the Wedgwood Institute in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.