The Ludlow Civic Society believes in maintaining the historic integrity and future vitality of Ludlow.


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And so the Society....

• Stimulates interest in the care, beauty, character and history of our special town.

• Conserves and protects the features and buildings of the town from adverse development.

• Acts as a co-ordinator and consultative body by liaising with local authorities, planning committees etc in pursuit of the Society’s objectives.


14th March 2018



Mark Lusby has been Coordinator for the past seven years of the Friends of the Derry Walls, a charitable company with the mission of becoming the voice of the city walls, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, raising ambitions for their care and presentation, driving public engagement with the Walls and ensuring that the Walls are fully exploited as a resource for educational, cultural and economic development. The Derry Walls are the largest ancient monument in state care in Northern Ireland and boast the most intact circuit of town walls in Ireland. Mark was a founder member of the Irish Walled Towns Network, a body which supports and celebrates Irish walled towns through strategic input and funding of conservation, training and promotional programmes. Previously Mark worked for Derry City Council for 15 years and was involved in interpretation, lighting, animation and conservation projects for the Derry Walls. In these roles Mark has been involved in European networks of the fortified towns and has some ideas of best practice being adopted elsewhere. Mark is currently a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University Belfast, where naturally enough, he is looking at Walled Towns as a form of 'dissonant heritage'. With this breadth of practical experience of looking at and working with walled towns, it is hoped that some of these ideas may be of use in understanding how best to conserve and exploit Ludlow’s surviving town walls.