Dorchester Civic Society Talks Programme 2022

How Local Authorities Can Help Develop Heritage Assets with guest speaker Dr James Weir
TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 7:30-9:00PM

LOCATION: In-Person at the Dorford Centre and Online via Zoom

We are delighted to announce Dr James Weir, Senior Conservation Officer at Dorset Council, will be the guest speaker at our next evening talk on Tuesday 3rd May.

Dorset’s rich heritage of historic buildings and scenic landscapes contributes to the county’s unique character, enriching our surroundings and giving Dorset its special sense of place. With almost 13,000 listed buildings and 190 conservation areas, Dorset Council’s Conservation Officers play a key role in promoting heritage awareness, developing policy and managing change to Dorset’s heritage in a way that keeps it meaningful and beautiful for future generations.

As the Senior Conservation Officer at Dorset Council, James provides specialist heritage advice to planning officers on major planning applications and spatial planning matters, such as the emerging Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans. As well as talking about key aspects of the team’s work, he will also share details of the Local Heritage List project.

James has been working in the heritage sector for nearly 20 years, having started by training as a building surveyor in private practice before moving to a surveying role with the National Trust in Dorset. Following 10 years as a self-employed historic buildings consultant, during which time he achieved his doctorate in Architectural History from Kellogg College, Oxford, James took up his current role at Dorset Council.

Our Talks Programme is open to all. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Talks are free for DCS Members and £3 for Non-Members to help cover costs.

As part of our 2022 Talks Programme, we will be offering our evening talks in hybrid format.


The May talk will be held at the Dorford Centre. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start and coffee and tea will be available.


If you can’t be with us in person but would still like to attend, you can join the talk online via Zoom. We will send out the Zoom access details 24-hours before the live event.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 3rd May.


The link to the recording of this session (which starts just after the introduction from our chair Ian Gosling) is here