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    A ‘ghastly interregnum’: the struggle for architectural heritage conservation in Belfast before 1972


    McClelland, Andrew (2018) A ‘ghastly interregnum’: the struggle for architectural heritage conservation in Belfast before 1972. Urban History, 45 (1). ISSN 0963-9268

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    Abstract

    This article explores the creation of the system for the conservation of architectural heritage in Northern Ireland, evidencing the struggle for convergence within the UK before 1972. The agency of networked individuals, close state– civil society interrelationships and the innovative actions of conservationist groups in response to legislative and practice inadequacies in the 1960s are discussed. In particular, a series of ‘pre-statutory lists’ are introduced, highlighting the burgeoning interest in industrial archaeology and Victorian architecture in Belfast and the prompt provided to their creation by redevelopment. The efforts of conservationists were eventually successful after the collapse of Devolution in the early 1970s.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: ghastly interregnum; architectural heritage; conservation; Belfast; 1960s; 1972;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 13106
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926816000870
    Depositing User: Andrew McClelland
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 16:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Urban History
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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