Sam Foster Launches Built Heritage Conference In Fermanagh
Published on Fri, 7 Sep 2001
The importance of our built heritage came under the spotlight at a major conference in Fermanagh today.
Mr Sam Foster MLA, Minister of the Environment, launched the conference entitled ‘Investing In Our Heritage Towards Sustainable Prosperity’ in Belcoo. Its aim was to raise the profile of Northern Ireland’s historic buildings and to maximise their economic potential through an effective tourist-related marketing strategy.
The theme of the conference was ‘investment’. It looked at ways in which we may invest in the built heritage – investment in terms of time, money, energy and ideas.
Mr Foster said: "It is important that we focus clearly on our built heritage and how we can invest in our historic buildings for the benefit of present and future generations.
"Far too often our legacy of historic buildings has suffered a terrible fate at the expense of so-called development and it is both refreshing and encouraging to see so many of you here today to focus on ways in which we can invest in our built heritage.
"The DOE continues to invest in Northern Ireland’s built heritage through the ongoing survey of historic buildings, and by providing grant-aid and professional advice and guidance to owners.
"I would like to thank the Belcoo & District Historical Society for its foresight and enthusiasm in organising the conference. I hope that the important message relayed by the various speakers today, will encourage society to treasure Northern Ireland’s historic buildings."
Notes to Editors
The Conference, which attracted around 80 delegates, was organised and hosted by Belcoo and District Historical Society, at the Enterprise Centre, Railway Road, Belcoo.
The conference theme was 'investment', examining ways in which we may invest in the built heritage - investment in terms of time, money, energy and ideas, and speakers addressed sustainable development, community involvement, marketing and the role of government.
It aimed to raise the profile of Northern Ireland's stock of historic buildings, and to maximise the economic potential that these buildings afford, through an effective tourist-related marketing strategy.
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