Llandudno conference to mark Europa Nostra jubilee

Thursday 28 February 2013

A conference and a celebration — sea air and mountain views


Europa Nostra - Llandudno

Europa Nostra — the leading pan-European network that campaigns to safeguard Europe’s cultural and natural heritage and annually sponsors the prestigious Europa Nostra/European Union Awards to recognise excellence in the heritage sector — will mark the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in 2013. Visit the Europa Nostra website for more information on its work.

As part of the jubilee celebrations, Europa Nostra UK, in association with Cadw, the National Trust and Interpret Europe, is holding its main 2013 meeting in Llandudno from 8 to 10 April. 

The theme, central to all of the conference activities, will be: 'Explaining Heritage — Unfolding Historic Sites and Buildings through Interpretation'.

The core of the meeting, from the afternoon of 8 April until the evening of 9 April, will be held at the St George’s Hotel — an attractive, listed building overlooking Llandudno’s seafront promenade. 

The programme will include the annual Duncan-Sandys Lecture and a one-day conference. The lecture will be given by William St Clair, renowned speaker on the interpretation of the Athens Acropolis through the ages, a topic that will be of especial interest to those attending the Europa Nostra Jubilee Congress in Greece in June.

The conference on 9 April will feature seven speakers who will tell us how they interpret buildings and sites in their care. As usual, this Europa Nostra event will take a pan-European perspective and the meeting will try to bring together the various strands to consider the best modern practice and how Europa Nostra can best join the debate.

Additionally, two exceptional tours have been planned. On the morning of 8 April, participants will visit the town of Conwy, its castle, one of the great fortresses of mediaeval Europe, Plas Mawr, perhaps the finest town house of the Elizabethan period in Britain, and Aberconwy House, a charming mediaeval merchant’s house.

On 10 April, the conference will close with an excursion that will pass through the striking, beautiful and mountainous Snowdonia National Park and visit some of the most fascinating buildings in the area. One of the highlights will be Gwydir Castle, where the architecture dates back to Tudor and Elizabethan times. In recent years, the castle and its gardens have been restored by Peter Welford and Judy Corbett, and Mr Welford will show us some of the more important features of the building and discuss what the restoration has achieved. Nearby, we shall see the seventeenth-century Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, noted for its fine painted ceiling.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please download the pdf registration form and return it to the specified address.

Participants are warmly invited to take part in any, or all, of the events outlined in the programme. There is no overall registration fee, and you may choose, for example, only to take part in the conference, or to only visit Conwy. It’s up to you how much you get involved.

List of speakers:-

8th April only:

Duncan-Sandys Lecture:

William St Clair (Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of London)

9th April Conference:

‘Explaining Heritage – Unfolding Historic Sites and Buildings through Interpretation’

Brian Ayers (Butrint Foundation, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia)

Arpad Furu (Transylvania Trust Foundation, Council Member of Europa Nostra)

Michael Glen (Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, Interpret Europe)

Marilyn Lewis (Director of Cadw)

Joanna Marschner (Senior Curator of the State Appartments, Kensington Palace)

Sarah Staniforth (Museums and Collections Director, The National Trust)

John Williams-Davies (Director of Collections and Research, National Museum Wales)