The first ‘NLA Nights’ members event was held last night. Around a hundred of NLA’s members and their guests joined us in the NLA galleries to meet, network and hear from an interesting speaker over an informal drink.
Steven Bee, Director of Planning and Development at English Heritage, was invited to make a short presentation on July’s topic ‘Developing in Context’. He examined the positive contribution that the historic environment can make to identity and distinctiveness of place, and discussed a method of reducing the scope for interpretation of what might be appropriate in the historic environment by establishing a set of common heritage values.
His talk prompted a lively debate about the historic environment and the planning system, as well as the recent censorship row between Prince Charles and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).