Ulster Architectural Heritage is a membership organisation, founded in 1967 in order to work to promote and protect built heritage across the nine counties of Ulster. UAH has established itself as the lead independent voice in the built heritage sector, campaigning for the protection, conservation and heritage-led regeneration of historic buildings and places.
Since its formation, UAH has had much success in influencing public opinion in favour of conservation. It campaigned successfully for the establishment of statutory listing, historic building grants and conservation areas. It makes frequent representations to government about planning legislation and policy, and acts as a watchdog to ensure that the available tools are used. It inspects planning applications relating to listed buildings and conservation areas, and aims to make its view known at important stages of the planning process. It also offers advice and guidance on architectural heritage matters to the general public.
Alongside promotion, advocacy and guidance, UAH also offers opportunities for learning through a busy events programme; featuring visits to buildings and places of historical and architectural merit, workshops, summer schools, and lectures on architectural history, research and practical conservation. UAH also publishes regular articles and publications.
UAH has many exciting ongoing projects, alongside their ongoing work with the Old Museum Building. A long-standing project is the Heritage at Risk Register Northern Ireland, a partnership between UAH and Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division. This project records ‘at risk’ buildings, which are in danger of being lost and acts as a catalyst for their conservation and reuse.
You can find out more about UAH and all their current projects on their website: www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk