Saturday, 1 July 2017

What do Coventry, Hull, Kings Lynn and Nottingham have in common?

They all had medieval walled town centres with extant traces AND now each has HISTORIC ENGLAND  HERITAGE ACTION ZONE funding.  Application for new funding and advice is open with a 9th August deadline. This initiative seems tailor-made for every English Walled Town and Town or City with a once walled centre.
Lewes, Chester, Berwick-upon-Tweed, York, Chichester, Bath, Bristol, City of London, Norwich, Canterbury, Exeter, Ludlow, Worcester, Hereford, Totnes, Carlisle, Ludlow, Durham, Oxford, Hartlepool, Sandwich, Wallingford, Malmesbury, Wareham, Southampton, Portsmouth, Launeston, Rye 
and I'm sure some I may have missed.
St John's Gate BRISTOL 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Congratulations Chester on 2017 European Access City award - ARCHWAY bears fruit

Derry meeting Chester
great report BBC about on Chester http://bbc.in/2iXOxj6
The walls feature prominently and Chester's investment in accessibility since 2009 - the follow up to the successful WTFC ARCHWAY project which Chester led. Other partners included Lucca, den Bosch, Valletta, Vittoria (ARABARRI) and University of West of England, Bristol.
Full reports are available here.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Delighted for Tenby

Delighted to pass on news http://www.tenby-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109067&headline=Walled%20Towns%20honour%20for%20Tenby&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016
that Tenby has accepted the honour of being made Honorary Founder Member Walled Town of European Walled Towns (originally the Walled Towns Friendship Circle) Congratulations.
So how to get to Tenby? Try this link

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Two Symposia in October 2016 - Hellevoetsluis EWT; Ulqin/Ulcinj - very different, both successful

European Walled Towns Symposium in Holland and 'INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM KALAJA' in Montenegro.

Hellevoetsluis, Holland was a fortified naval port, and is now re-envisioned as the distinctive residential and commercial centre of a  new town in the Netherlands.

Ulcinj/Ulqin the most southerly walled town and resort in Montenegro. It's fine sunset silhouette was reflected in the Symposium logo, in an autumnal midday sun it seems at peace beside it's resort centre but at dawn it is thrillingly golden.(scroll down) Reports and presentations to follow.



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Walled Towns Bibliography 2014 renumbered 2016

Consolidated working research bibliography of 401 items for walled towns mainly from Academic Adviser's publications to date. 
May 2013 Revised Version – most duplication now eliminated, much further bibliography on individual walled towns could still to be added. Any comments on inaccuracies or possible additions will be welcomed: contact David M Bruce.

Monday, 25 April 2016

'Holland, Holland' walled town to host Symposium

Hellevoetsluis is the classic Dutch town - more water than town: it is a fortified port but has everything you would expect of a town in Holland (except perhaps a railway). it is not too far but a world away from Rotterdam. Late September, Hellevoetsluis will host 26th Walled Towns Symposium -  an intensive one and a half day conference with a special event, a range of papers and workshops as well as time for networking - watch this space europeanwalledtowns .org and Facebook for more details and booking.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

CILT Scotland Walled Towns

Thanks CILT (Chartered  Institute of Logistics and Transport ) Scotland for inviting me to Stirling to talk about Walled  Towns. I now appreciate even more Stirling's own walled  town credentials. Making best use of the public space for people within  every walled town was the theme. Full .pdf of slides will be linked here soon. 
Thanks to Cross Country for sponsoring my travel up and down to Edinburgh  from Bristol.  Time keeping and staff service both impeccable.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hidden in Plain View- Bristol's High Cross and Walled Old City

David Bruce will give a keynote paper on Bristol's High Cross and Town Walls (See link to full draft paper and below for abstract) at the Hidden Heritage (click to book) one day conference in Saturday 9th April 2016. European Walled Towns Members welcome.

mrwatson64 writes "There has been much excitement in the [Hidden Heritage]conference office and we can't wait to get the final preparations sorted. ... ; we have 17 speakers from the UK and several European countries

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Road on from Ravenna to Hellevoetsluis

European Walled Towns successful AGM and seminar in Ravenna this October has created a platform for activity to serve the interests of its member towns and associate members.
The new election of Drs. Veronica  Stern is particularly welcome.. Boring but important Constitutional matters made significant progress in Ravenna with the application to became an NGO registered in Malta The application  was  submitted in early November - we hear it is under formal consideration by the Registrar. In the meantime a Treasurer has been appointed, who will be working to produce an Account for 2015. See European walled towns.organisation for the President's New Year message.  The 2016 Symposium  will be in Hellevoetsluis in late September.  Programme and invitations to participate will be circulated soon.