Buxton: Resilient Cultural Heritage & the Role of the Visitor Economy

Thursday 23rd May 2019
University of Derby, Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY
Tickets £35-155
This seminar and walking tour will look at how heritage-led regeneration has delivered the newly redeveloped and restored Crescent, Natural Baths and Pump Room in Buxton.

As part of the Visitor Economy Strategy for Buxton, and the wider Peak District, this is an opportunity to hear from those directly involved in the projects, the developer The Osbourne Group's approach, and then visit the Devonshire Dome, Buxton Opera House, Crescent and Thermal Spa in advance of its opening to the public.


9:30am          Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45am          Welcome, Sarah Rawlinson Head of Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, University of Derby & Louise Thomas, Director, HTVF
10am             Introduction to Buxton and its heritage challenges and regeneration, Richard Tuffrey, Special Advisor, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and formerly Conservation Officer, High Peak Borough Council

10.30am        Cultural Tourism – Buxton’s big opportunity!James Berresford, Chair, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and formerly Chief Executive, VisitEngland

11am             Q&A followed by tea/coffee

11:30am        The challenge and scope for Cultural Heritage-led Regeneration – Historic England’s perspective, Louise Brennan, Regional Director Midlands, Historic England

12pm            The role of Historic Buildings and the Visitor Economy – the Developer’s perspective, Trevor Osborne, Chair, The Osborne Group and Director, Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Company

12:30pm        Q&A followed by lunch

1:30pm          An Introduction to Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa, Trevor Osborne & Jonathan Dawson, General Manager, Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa
2pm              Walk around the Crescent and Thermal Spa, the Devonshire Dome, Buxton Opera House and the Pump Room
3:30pm          Close

This event is being generously sponsored by High Peak Borough Council, the University of Derby, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Hotel.

This event counts as 5 hours of CPD. Join the HTVF now and save money - see for details. 


Forthcoming events:

York: Planning for the future with heritage in mind

Thursday 27th June 2019 (please note new date!)
Friargate Meeting House, York YO1 9RL 


Hear about plans for the redevelopment of York Guildhall, the Castle Gateway quarter, Hungate and other major sites in this historic city. More details coming soon...


Bath: Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development

Autumn 2019, Bath (date to be confirmed)

In association with City of Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board and Bath Preservation Trust, we are planning our next annual seminar-walking tour to look at how modern and historic developments are designed and managed, with reference to recent developments in this iconic city.

Writing Supplementary Planning Documents relating to the Historic Environment

Tuesday 12th November 2019, Kellogg College, Oxford

This seminar-workshop will look at best practice examples of how to prepare policies for historic environments, with hands-on opportunities to test successful strategies.  


Coming later this year!

 Autumn 2019 - Developing the Visitor Economy: Town Trails (locations and dates to be announced)
Autumn School 2019 - Place-making vs. Movement - 2 days of seminars and hands-on workshops on how to manage traffic in a historic county town centre (details coming soon)
Winter - Supporting Historic High Streets:  The Ingredients for Success in the 21st Century - Part 4, Kellogg College, Oxford
Winter - Neighbourhood Planning Review: Design and adding details that matter, Kellogg College, Oxford - looking the increased prominence in design and design coding in neighbourhood planning
Winter/ Spring - Understanding the Regeneration Potential of our Heritage Assets, Kellogg College, Oxford - exploring what makes heritage-led regeneration schemes viable, and how to create greater financial sustainability.
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