Promoting appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture of all periods and encouraging the conservation, restoration and re-use of Ulster's built heritage to regenerate and sustain our communities.
Since its fromation in 1967, the UAHS has established itself as the lead indpendent voice for the historic built environment across the nine counties of Ulster, a fearless campaigner for historic buildings, a generous resource of information on local architecture and a source of advice on conservation. We have had much success in influencing public opinion in favour of conservation of our historic built environment. UAHS campaigned successfully for the establishment of an Historic Buildings Council, statutory listing, historic buildings grants and conservation areas. We continue to monitor and make representations relating to planning and policy, and educate and inform through our events, publications and the Built Heritage at Risk Partnership.
Since 1993, the UAHS in partnership with the Department for Communities (formerly Department of the Environment) has produced a comprehensive online Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland Register, (BHARNI). The primary aims of the BHARNI project are to highlight the vulnerability of our built heritage, to identify historically important buildigns which appear to be at risk; and to act as a catalyst for their re-use.
Further help and advice is provided to owners and potential purchasers through our Directory of Traditional Building Skills; Directory of Funds for Historic Buildings in Northern Ireland, and our popular Buildings at Risk Catalogues. Further information can be found in other parts of the website:
If you are considering a restoration project The Society can offer general guidance on restoration, funding and planning matters. However, we have become increasingly aware of the need to provide down to earth advice on care and repair . Our Home and Dry events are designed to support and encourage this approach to buildings. Other information and questions you might have can be found under the FAQs section.
We work with:
People, communities including trusts, statutory bodies, local councils, central government, other heritage groups and organisations, and our members.