Live and Learn - Conservation in Action

Date: 21 January 2021
Start Time: 10.00 am
End Time: 11.30 am
Venue Details:

Joondalup Library

102 Boas Avenue,


Map and Directions
$3.00 payable at the door

Attitudes to the conservation of heritage structures have changed dramatically over the last two hundred years. Prior to the 18th century, there was virtually no sentimental attachment to old buildings and most only survived because they had great cultural or religious importance and were in good repair. This lack of empathy with old buildings often resulted in them either being torn down or altered beyond recognition to bring them into line with the architectural fashion of the time, with no consideration for their history or aesthetic value.

During the 19th century, fueled by institutions such as the UK’s Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, concern was expressed about the frequent demolition of historic buildings. Slowly, as a result of this campaigning, attitudes to old buildings changed with a move towards a philosophy of protecting and maintaining buildings using minimalist intervention.

Richard Offen’s talk will chart the history of the care of historic buildings using conservation examples, including his own 17/18th century house in the UK, from around the world.

Cost $3.00. Book online.

For further information on this event please call the City on 9400 4751.

Please note, the presentation will run for approximately one hour, followed by refreshments.

Parking: Please be aware that there is limited free parking at Joondalup library. Details of parking locations and fees can be found at the City’s Parking webpage


Registration for this event is now closed.