There have been many acts of destruction and needless vandalism of our architectural heritage in Ulster over the last 40 years. However, countless buildings and places of interest have also been saved for the benefit of current and future generations.
Both the good and the bad have been documented in the numerous UAHS publications over that period, whether in books, monographs or newspaper articles, and these are now historic documents in their own right. Many were written on the cusp of change and they provide a fascinating insight into the campaigns of old, often drawing out recurrent underlying themes such as the dominance of short-term economic interests over heritage protection.
The From the Archives section will feature occasional articles delving into this wealth of written material and commentary. Past experiences will be related to contemporary events often in the hope and expectation that those who do remember the past are not doomed to repeat it.
The first feature is set in the heart of Belfast and considers a particular type of development that was Acceptable in the 80s. The second, Lost in the Maze, took a sideways look at an altogether different place and subject matter. The most recent, Running out of road, reflects on an issue that has come particularly to the fore since the 1960s.