York Conservation Alumni Association is delighted to announce that alumni Stephen Gandolfi (2015/17), Conservation Officer at Scarborough Council, is currently arranging a study day in the town on behalf of YCAA members.
The site of a Roman signal station, Scarborough became an established town during the medieval era when an Angevin stone castle was established on the headland. Thereafter, it transformed into a spa town from the C17 onwards, and became the first popular British seaside resort destination in the C19. It remains the largest such resort in Yorkshire.
Consequently, the study day will address conservation issues that are pertinent to British coastal resorts with rich heritage. These are likely to include environmental issues, such as coastal erosion, as well as man-made issues, including the rise and fall (and rise again?) of the British seaside resort, the role heritage and conservation can play in coastal resort regeneration, and challenges set by high levels of socio-economic inequality.
An itinerary for the day is currently being put together by Stephen, but may well include:
- A tour of Scarborough Old Town, which includes buildings dating back from the medieval period right through to the modern day. The Castle Ward is economically polarised with social housing immediately adjacent to large dwellings lived in by the rich (and in some cases the famous) – and this proves to be a challenge for planning/ heritage applications.
- Scarborough Spa, South Cliff Gardens area, which has been stripped of the planned landscape and currently undergoing multi-million pound engineer works to ensure the cliffs do not fail. Small land slippages have happened recently which has led to the partial failure of a listed block of chalets in this area. https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/list-entry/25879 / http://www.friendsofsouthcliffgardens.com/
- Woodened Creative Industry Centre – the former home of the Sitwell family and later a museum, now a creative industry centre, set within the Georgian Crescent which also includes the Art Gallery. https://www.woodendcreative.co.uk/
- The Old Parcel Office conversion project, which is utilising HLF and railway heritage money. https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/grants/visit/the-old-parcels-office-scarborough-station-yo11-1tn/
A full schedule of the day will be made available shortly, when alumni will be able to sign-up via an Eventbrite page.
There will be no charge for the study trip, however alumni will be required to provide their own transport (there are plenty of reasonably priced hourly trains from York to Scarborough) and pay for their own lunch and sundries. [Fish & Chips and ice creams will likely be on the menu – regardless of the weather!]