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Heritage Hit Squad!

Saturday 20th June, 11:00am

Heritage Hit Squad! brings together people-power and community expertise for a day of talks, discussions and workshops on the theme of heritage asset protection. From 11am until 5pm we’ll be hearing about DIY activism, how it links to official decision-making processes, and what happens when things don’t go to plan – as well as exchanging practical advice for grassroots heritage activists.

Several high-profile campaigning groups will be represented on the day, including:

  • Friends of London Road Fire Station. Members of the Friends of the London Road Fire Station group will be discussing matters of protecting heritage sites just like the London Road Fire Station, once dubbed “the finest fire station in the round world”. With exciting recent news of the Fire Station placed up for sale, the group are eager to work together with the City Council to plan and preserve the future of the building. More about the group and the Fire Station can be found on their website.
  • Friends of Library Walk. Morag Rose is a founder member of Friends of Library Walk. This was a community campaign to preserve a beloved public right of way in Manchester. It attracted widespread support and publicity, and the group are keen to share lessons they learnt during the campaign. Find out more here.
  • Save Oxford Road Corner. Originally founded in response to the risk of demolition of the Cornerhouse Buildings as part of redevelopment plans for the area around Oxford Road Station. The group is actively campaigning for the council and developers to keep the original buildings as part of any redevelopment, find alternative uses for them and maintain their status as a local landmark. You can find out more about the group on their Facebook page and sign the petition to keep the buildings here.

There will also be a practical session from local DSLR film-makers, Bokeh Yeah!, on how to use techniques old (photography) and new (drones) to protect and monitor heritage assets at risk.

Heritage Hit Squad! is being held as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Connected Communities‘ Festival, 2015.

Photograph taken by John Wilson.