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UAH Looks Back on 2018!

On Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Ulster Architectural Heritage hosted the Annual General Meeting at Old Museum Building, Belfast. As part of the event we looked back at the organisation's achievements in 2018.

Posted on: 5th April 2019

From ‘Bank Buildings’, to ‘Heritage Angel Awards’, ‘Heritage at Risk’ and ‘Bake A Building’ and much more, it certainly was an eventful year! Watch the short video below or read on to find out more about the activities of UAH. Your support helps us, help heritage. We would like to express our thanks to members, funders and followers for your support in 2018.

Highlights of 2018 include the following achievements and performance. Supported by the Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Belfast City Council and Ulster Architectural Heritage Society members in 2018:

  • Provided over 500 contacts – individuals, groups and communities with independent advice and support;
  • Independently monitored and commented on planning and policy issues;
  • Liaised with central government and local authorities on planning and policy issues;
  • Led in independent campaigning for the conservation and restoration of Belfast’s Bank Buildings following fire;
  • Over 50 comments or features on UAH campaigns and dialogue relating the historic built environment in print, television and radio;
  • Organised a programme of 20 events, with over 2500 attendees in 9 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Events included the UAH 50th Dinner, visits to properties not usually open to the public, workshops, lectures, and a study tour to Louth;
  • Progressed the production of next UAH publication, ‘Buildings of South County Down’;
  • Opened Riddel’s Warehouse and the Old Museum Building for European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) in partnership with Hearth Historic Buildings Trust and Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society;
  • Programmed and delivered ‘Open Heritage Belfast’ supported by Belfast City Council at Riddel’s Warehouse, bespoke exhibition on ‘Brick Built Belfast’ supported other EHOD openers across Belfast to help highlight ‘Brick Built Belfast’ across the city at EHOD;
  • Programmed ‘Bake a Building’ at St.George’s Market, Belfast, with 33 participants to an audience of over 500. Supported by Belfast City Council;
  • Programmed and delivered the second ‘Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland’ incorporating the arts and heritage project ‘Buildings of Derry~Londonderry -Heritage in Song’ supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Derry City & Strabane District Council, the Historic Environment Division, the Honourable the Irish Society;
  • Raised the profile Northern Ireland’s achievement for the historic built environment through Heritage Angel Awards UK, with the Foyle Civic Trust, and Walled City Partnership taking home the overall UK Award 2018;
  • Continued to work with the Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division in partnership on the Built Heritage at Risk Register for Northern Ireland with over 225 buildings reviewed in 2018;
  • Bi-monthly articles on Heritage at Risk in the Royal Society of Ulster Architects ‘Perspective Magazine’;
  • Programme of engagement events for Carrickfergus THI: ‘Introduction to Historic Buildings’, ‘See your Streets’ and ‘Maintain to Retain’ part of Maintenance Week NI;
  • Hosted a reception and tours for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, (IHBC) Annual School in Belfast;
  • Successful in competitive application process to the Department for Communities Historic Environment Fund to continue and renew the Heritage at Risk project;
  • Successful in securing funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Old Museum: Back to Life project. In partnership with Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society.

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