Presentation on theme: "Robert Lloyd-Sweet English Heritage"— Presentation transcript:
1 Robert Lloyd-Sweet English Heritage Understanding Local Heritage and the Oxford Toolkit
2 Oxford’s nationally valued heritage EducationMedieval/Georgian/Victorian City CentreLimestone ArchitectureSkyline
3 What about Oxford’s Locally valued heritage? Homes and communitiesIndustrial cityDistrict centresEducation outside the universityGreen spaces
4 First principles Local listing is as much about information as control Nominations need to say why listing is merited
5 First principles Significance is what we value an asset for. Importance is how much notice we take of it.Local significance is different to, not less than, national significance.Heritage assets might be valued for different reasons locally than they are nationally
6 Two approaches Comparative curatorial (The stamp collector) “I want the best examples of each type of building for my collection”- Thematic survey requiredContextualist“I want to preserve the buildings that make my place special”- Area survey required
7 Setting up your list: OHAR The processGetting people involvedCharacterise the areas and identify potential heritage assetsCriteria – how will these reflect local conditions?ConsultationA review processAdoption/Rejection
8 Working togetherThe Project Board – What to do with a Heritage ChampionPublic steering group – develop robust criteria and nominations formWorking group – develop character statement themesResidents’ Associations preparing neighbourhood character statementsWider outreach programme to encourage nomination of heritage assetsCouncillors and local experts as review panel
9 Character Assessment Toolkits These will help you describe characterThey may help you justify value judgmentsThey may help you work together or with particular information sourcesMaterialTools, skill, effort x time, honestyQuality product
10 Tools that are available Cumbria County Council ‘Landscape Character Guidance and Toolkit’CPRE ‘A Toolkit for Your Countryside’Urban Design Skills ‘PlaceCheck’English Heritage ‘Understanding Place’ and ‘Conservation Principles’The Oxford Character Assessment Toolkit
17 Using it as a basis for local listing Which buildings/spaces make the greatest contribution to the area’s character and distinctiveness?Do they do this as ‘heritage’?ArchitectureHistoryArchaeologyArtAre they heritage assets?
18 Using criteria85 (25%) English Councils have published criteria for local listing of buildings64 different criteria in total5 criteria used by between half and three quarters11 criteria use by between half and a quarter
19 Oxford’s ’Exclusive’ Criteria it must be capable of being a heritage asset within the government’s definitionit must have heritage interest that can be conserved and enjoyedIt must have value as heritage for the character and identity of the area for its heritage interest beyond personal or family connectionsIts significance must be greater than the general positive value of its surroundings
20 The significance engine Heritage InterestHeritage ValueAssessment of importancePropertiesArchitecturalHistoricArchaeologicalArtisticContributionHistoricalEvidentialAestheticCommunal(character)SpecialnessRarityAgeIntegrityGroup(character)
27 The Old Music Hall, Cowley Road Criterion 1It’s a buildingCriterion 2It has architectural and historic interestCriterion 3It connects us with the past of Cowley Road as a focus of entertainment and political activismIt makes a positive contribution to the aesthetic value of the areaIt connects us to the history of a company that has significant as a part of Oxford’s identityCriterion 4It is a rare survival in OxfordIt has a high degree of integrityIt’s age relates to a time when Cowley Road was developing as the focus of a new suburb
28 Oxford Stadium, Sandy Lane Criterion 1It’s a group of buildings and a placeCriterion 2It has historic interest and some architectural interestCriterion 3It connects us with the histories of two sports in Oxford with a national and local level of interest for over 75 yearsThe buildings and spaces illustrate the development of these sportsIt illustrates the early history of the area as part of the city’s edgeIt has drawn the community together and contributed to their identityCriterion 4It is a rare survival in Oxford (+ Oxfordshire and England)It has a high degree of integrity (it retains buildings that document its development).It’s age relates to a time before the major suburb around it developed and reflects the mix of employment and recreation uses.
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