The Society provides speakers for local history societies and extramural lectures, and has organized regular conferences and seminars on aspects of local architecture.
One such conference, Bliss or Blitz, focused on the threats to rural vernacular buildings, and led to initiatives by the NI Housing Executive and others which may reduce the loss of such buildings.
NGO Challenge Fund
’Quality Streets: Homes through the ages’ 2014
This web resource, created in partnership with Hearth, has updated and enhanced the existing UAHS Education Pack. As a development of the UAHS "Looking Back, Moving Forward" Key stage 2 Educational pack, this website provides an interactive learning tool that demonstrates the evolution of homes and highlights the importance of historic buildings in the role of a sustainable future.
The site demonstrates the evolution of homes and underlines the important role of historic buildings in a sustainable future. The focus is on Georgian and Victorian properties, as they constitute the vast majority of historic homes still in use and uniquely features examples restored by Hearth. With engaging illustrations, photographs, quizzes and other useful links the user will be entertained whilst learning about historic buildings, construction, materials, architectural details, eco ideas and sustainability in relation to how people used to live.
We hope you find it interesting and useful. Please feel free to forward and share www.homesthroughtheages.com
’Quality Streets: Retrofitting Traditional Terraces’ 2013
UAHS continue to encourage heritage–led regeneration and the creative retrofitting of Belfast’s distinctive red brick terraces – protecting established communities and the homes of local residents.
Working closely with Hearth Housing Association and Big Lolly, the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society have created a short film which demonstrates how our undervalued stock of traditional terraced houses can be retrofitted using energy–efficient measures.
Using the retrofit scheme carried out by Hearth on the 19th century terraces on McMaster Street as an example, the film highlights the importance of harnessing the embodied energy in existing buildings and aims to unmask the concept of retrofitting.
Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
July 2013: The UAHS is disheartened to hear recent concerns surrounding the major clearance caused by the urban renewal scheme in The Village. The Society challenged the Housing Executive’s destructive approach to urban renewal at the Public Inquiry in 2009. Previous information on the campaign & our two–into–one design proposals & retrofitting approaches can be found here.
Challenge Fund projects 2014
UAHS are pleased to have been awarded funding for three exciting projects through the NGO Challenge Fund 2014. These grants from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, administered through Northern Ireland Environment Link, will give us an opportunity to further promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our historic built environment. See below for more information on each project.
Project 1: Quality Streets: Cathedral Quarter Heritage App: Following on from the ‘Quality Streets’ Retrofit video from last year, two of the projects will continue this series….This project will create a map based heritage trail in the Cathedral Quarter Conservation Area. It will include a narrative addressing the issues surrounding heritage-led regeneration, while demonstrating its strong potential through success stories. The app will be made publically available and will increase awareness of the significance of historic buildings and their role in providing a sense of place and in promoting distinctiveness.
Project 2: Quality Streets: Homes through the Ages: This project, in partnership with Hearth, will create interactive educational software which will update and enhance the existing UAHS Education Pack. The software will demonstrate the evolution of homes and underline the important role of historic buildings in a sustainable future. It is intended initially for understanding of historic architecture by children but has the potential to attract a wider audience as well.
Project 3: Architectural Digital Archive Part 2: This project builds on the work of our previous archiving project on Flickr by scanning, digitising and categorising over 50 out of print UAHS publications and setting up a system for adding future publications to the archive. The archive will be accessible on the UAHS website.
KEY STAGE 2
Recognizing the need for education at an early stage, the Society received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable it to employ an education officer for three years. Materials were developed for schools at key stage 2, drawing local buildings into the curricula for history, geography, art and other subjects.
We hope to continue the work through our website, and are always willing to talk with schools - contact us about this aspect of our work.