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The Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2021.  Over this time the Trust, in conjunction with its family of sponsors and supporters, has witnessed outstanding success of this biennial event. Each event attracted a diverse and exciting range of entries from cabins to mansions, from small to large commercial and public buildings, from rural to urban structures and country houses and the best of the best new builds as heritage of the future. The events were occasions where networking of like-minded heritage advocates and professionals from around Canterbury came together in celebration of this important social event.

The Awards were initiated by myself in 2010 and have been run as a not for profit trust.  Their success can be attributed to invaluable sponsorship from several key businesses and organisations over the past 12 years. As the awards are totally reliant on sponsorship it has been increasingly difficult to continue without it.  Therefore, the decision has been made to pause the awards for the time being. We are deeply appreciative of the support our previous sponsors have shown and understand entirely that in some cases their time has come to stand aside for others to step up and show the support required to run future awards.

This means a long-term pause for the Canterbury Heritage Awards, as we, the trustees, take time to re-think and re-imagine the awards in a manner that enables a sustainable future and of recognising those who have contributed to the protection and future of historic heritage in Canterbury.

Expressions of interest to support a future event as a key sponsor are invited. Please call Geoff Bone (Event Convener) on 0274 858 185 if you wish to know more.

So, in the meantime, on behalf of the trustees, keep up the good work.  You have all either individually or collectively been complicit in keeping our history alive, to be remembered and cherished.

With kind regards
Dame Anna Crighton
DNZM, QSO, JP, PhD(Otago)

September 2022

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Heritage Lecture first event in restored Great Hall

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After five years the newly restored Great Hall at The Arts Centre will open its doors to the public on Wednesday 8 June 2016 with a public lecture. Fittingly the lecture will feature two notable heritage and architectural experts, Peter Lovell of Lovell Chen Melbourne and Alec Bruce of Wilkie and Bruce Christchurch.

The 2016 Heritage Lecture is held in conjunction with the Canterbury Heritage Awards, with the Ceremony for the biennial event taking place in the same venue on Thursday 9 June.

Dr Anna Crighton, Chair of the Canterbury Heritage Awards, says “This is a special event in which two eminent speakers, one local and one international, will each give a personal view on the changing past of our architectural heritage into what is now perceived as an uncertain future.  The lectures are a must see for all those interested in architectural history.”

Key note speaker Peter Lovell is a leading heritage consultant, active in building conservation and cultural heritage management across Australia. He is a passionate supporter of Australia's architectural heritage, and in more than 35 years of professional activity has played a significant part in the development of heritage practice. He is a founding director of Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants, a firm that leads the field in design and development in heritage contexts.

Mr Lovell’s lecture will be of particular interest to Christchurch heritage enthusiasts as he discusses urban heritage in the 21st Century. Using Melbourne as an example, he will explore the issues around changing perceptions of what makes up the cultural heritage of a city and how that should be managed.  Much like Christchurch, the heritage of Melbourne is no longer limited to buildings constructed in the distant past and embraces, or is attempting to embrace, a far more recent and complex past.

Attendees will also hear from Alec Bruce, a director at local Christchurch architectural firm, Wilkie and Bruce. Post-earthquakes, Mr Bruce has been assisting several major institutional clients with earthquake recovery; perhaps most notably with Christ’s College, the subject of his lecture. The school plays a large part in the history of Christchurch and as a campus is a truly unique grouping of buildings with some truly iconic gems from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Mr Bruce’s lecture will focus on the earthquake recovery from the architect’s perspective and the design of the recently completed Miles Warren Building – a finalist in the Awards.

The lecture, sponsored by The Warren Trust, will run from 6.00pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 8 June. Tickets are $10 with light refreshments served – for more information visit Tickets for the Awards Ceremony on 9 June are now sold out.


For more information:

Nicola Henderson
Marketing Manager
TDM Events | Canterbury Heritage Awards
0274 609 230 |
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