Wednesday 21 st October – The 21 st Century Gallery in the Park: transforming Manchester’s
Whitworth Art Gallery
Jo Beggs, the Whitworth‘s Head of Development, offers an insight into the renewal of one of the UK‘s
finest art galleries, crowned Museum of the Year 2015 and Stirling Prize 2015 nominee. Jo‘s
illustrated talk will describe how the Whitworth prepared for such a large scale project, the reasoning
behind the appointment of architects MUMA, and, since its completion earlier this year, how visitors
are responding to the extraordinary new building.
Wednesday 18thNovember – Historic Building Conservation
Colin Richards is the joint founder of the Institute of Historic Buildings conservation and
founder of CJR Heritage Services. He has worked extensively within the heritage industry as a
professional consultants, site manager, conservation officer and traditional skills trainer. In this
lecture he will cover all aspects of his conservation experience and show clips of tv
programmes relating to traditional skills that he has been involved with over the years.
Wednesday 20 January – Quality of Design
Stephen Hodder, President of the RIBA 2013/2015 and Chairman of architectural practice Step hen
Hodder-Partners pays a return visit to Chester following his visit in 2014 to participate in the Chester
Design Debate that was organised by the Cheshire Society of Architects and Chester Civic Trust. His
lecture will continue and update this theme.
Wednesday 17 February – Greenbelt and other myths driving the housing crisis
Paul Cheshire, Professor of Economic Geography and a researcher at the Spatial Economics
Research Centre, London School of Economics, will talk to us about the housing crisis. He will
point out that contrary to popular perception there is plenty of space to build new houses and
that we need to reform legislation, which is forcing land to be rationed and cities to be strangled
by greenbelts. We also need to ensure we are not prohibiting building at higher densities where
that is appropriate.
Wednesday 16 March – Chester Zoo: achieving the Master Pla
Simon Mann is the Director for Development at Chester Zoo. He will talk to us about how the
North of England Zoological Society has developed its master plan and initiated a challenging
project that is creating new jobs and increasing visitor numbers: the accent of his lecture will be
on how the buildings and infrastructure support these aims.
Wednesday 13 April 2016: the Chester Cathedral Estate
Simon Warburton joined the Cathedral in 2011 and has since taken a proactive role in
developing the Cathedral’s commercial offer, working with visitors and tour groups, reviewing
the Cathedral’s admission policy, and much more. This lecture is timely in that the Cathedral‘s
free admission, allied to special exhibitions and other initiatives such as the ‘Cathedral at
Height’ and the Falconry are changing the way congregants and residents think about our
All lectures are held in the Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre starting at 7.30 pm. Admission is
free to members. Guests and non-members are welcome with a suggested donation of £3.