Residents Learn about Protecting Tottenham’s Heritage


On Tuesday 21 February, Heritage Champion volunteers and Haringey Planning staff participated in a full day seminar about conservation areas and planning enforcement at Bruce Castle Museum.

Attendees heard talks from a range of experts, including speakers from Historic England (external link), Haringey Council’s conservation and enforcement teams and Tottenham Civic Society (external link). We enjoyed a tour of three nearby conservation areas encompassing Bruce Grove and Tottenham High Road. The President of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (external link), David McDonald, led the session with a talk on understanding and managing heritage assets.

“The training day was Fab!!” according to local Heritage Champion Carol Straker, while Ed Richards, a project officer for the Tottenham Regeneration programme, found the talks “managed to be very detailed while also interesting and not baffling for those of us who aren’t planners”.

The event was part of the ongoing, free training programme for Heritage Champions, a 20 strong group of locals who, since September 2016, have been participating in a wider range of workshops on conservation from architectural restoration and oral history to heritage tour guiding, with the aim of developing skills to support and promote Tottenham’s heritage for years to come.

This is part of the North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a £2.3 million project to restore 28 historic buildings along the High Road, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and local businesses.

This event was supported by:

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