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Historic Preservation Expert To Speak At U.Va. School Of Architecture

September 10, 2004 --

WHO: Martin Cherry, chief buildings historian at English Heritage

WHAT: Lecture – "The Politics of Place: Conserving English Heritage"

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Martin Cherry, chief buildings historian at English Heritage, will give the inaugural talk in the Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas lecture series on Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Cherry’s talk, "The Politics of Place: Conserving English Heritage," will focus on the conservation and revitalization of more than 120 structures in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, England, an English Heritage project that championed innovative approaches to preservation. Through his efforts, the Victorian and 20th-century jewelry-making and metalworking community has been recommended for listed building status by English Heritage.

"The thriving Jewellery Quarter has retained its urban village atmosphere intact for almost 200 years. The continued prosperity of the area will be guaranteed by achieving a balance between maintaining the historic fabric and townscape, and encouraging economic diversity,” Cherry said. “The listing of a number of important buildings will protect the unique character of the area from any insensitive change. Listing is not meant to fossilize a building. Its long-term interests are often best served by putting it to good use and listing ensures that the architectural and historic interest of the building is carefully considered before any alterations are agreed."

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

For information about the lecture or the School of Architecture, contact Derry Wade at (434) 982-2921 or derry@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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