Events

​Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans.   Following  the success of online speaker meetings in 2021 we now include a mixture of in person and online meetings as part of our regular programme.

There is an Annual General Meeting  when all members are invited to give their views on past and future happenings in our city.

The highlight is our Awards Evening where we celebrate best practice in current architecture and design – for both buildings and our green spaces. Currently this is held every two years with the next one due in 2024.

Additionally, we have participated in the St Albans Residents First Weekend and Heritage Open Days, and arranged visits to other interesting and historic towns.

Upcoming Events

Details will appear here of our Spring 2024 activities

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

The Business Improvement District (BID)

Date: 19 January 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Vivien Cannon is the manager of the St Albans Business Improvement District which is a business-led initiative which aims to improve the facilities of the centre of St Albans, including festivals, Christmas Lights etc. She will talk about BID’s achievements and plans for the future.  St Albans BID, is business funded and covers a defined commercial area. It works with local businesses and residents to create a vibrant, thriving, sustainable and resilient St Albans city centre by creating and investing in projects and initiatives that really deliver value back to the BID area.

This meeting is online only please register using the link here.  You will then be sent details of how to join the meeting.

Blue Plaques St Albans presents: The Origins of The Great War; and St Albans’ hero Ted Warner, VC

Date: 14 December 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Location: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE

These two talks follow the installation of a blue plaque for Edward (Ted) Warner at his family home to commemorate this remarkable hero.

The first talk will set the context of what became known as The Great War, also referred to as World War I. Caught up in this deadly conflict between the Allies and the Central Powers, was the ordinary soldier, Edward Warner, who sacrificed his life in an heroic act to defend a British Army position during the battle of Ypres in Belgium. Who was this brave private and what did he do to deserve posthumously the Victoria Cross?

There is no fee but donations (c. £5 a person) to fund more blue plaques in St Albans would be most welcome. For registration, please contact: blueplaquesstalbans@gmail.com

AGM

Date: 29 September 2022
Time: 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU

History and Evolution of Heritage Conservation Areas

Date: 21 April 2022
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Cross Street Centre, Dagnall Street

This talk by Civic Society Committee Member Peter Newby will look at the unusual origins of the protection and management of cultural heritage. It will explore the conditions that led to legislative and other actions in the United Kingdom up to the present day and will assess the issues threatening heritage conservation in St Albans.

Absence, the highest form of presence

Date: 17 March 2022
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU

Hugo Hardy, RIBA, is our speaker at this joint meeting with Hertfordshire Association of Architects.

 

 

This an St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society event at which David Grocott will share his research into the life of John Ball and the manner of his subsequent political exploitation as the supposed fountainhead of a specifically English form of socialism. To coincide with the unveiling in St Albans on Friday 25 February of the plaque to his memory, this is one of two talks on John Ball and the events of 1381. Tickets cost £8 per talk with proceeds to be used to fund future blue plaques in the city.

For further information and to register, click here.

The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and St Albans: New Perspectives

Date: 28 February 2022
Time: 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

This an St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society event at which Dr John Morewood, explores the effects of the Peasants’ Revolt locally in St Albans and nationally. To coincide with the unveiling in St Albans on Friday 25 February of the plaque to his memory, this is one of two talks on John Ball and the events of 1381. Tickets cost £8 per talk with proceeds to be used to fund future blue plaques in the city.

For further information and to register, click here.

Archives of 60 years of the Civic Society

Date: 17 February 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom

Registration link available here 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The History of College Street

Date: 20 January 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom

College Street did not exist before 1824, although the name is evidence of a previous history. Using available on-line data (and with help from others) it is possible to trace the outlines of how it came into existence and was gradually developed. With a fair bit of licence, the lives of some of its inhabitants can be re-imagined in the context of the growth of St Albans and local industrial society over 100 years or more. This talk, by Robert Pankhurst, will be held online using Zoom.

 

Awards Evening

Date: 4 October 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: The Maltings Arts Theatre
Annual Awards Evening

Awards Evening for members and invited guests

The Maltings Arts Theatre 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Refreshments – FREE

Events in 2024

Details of events will appear on the left of this page.  This year’s programme is in person events with a social element as well as a speaker.

 

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