Winter Lectures 2016 – 2017

Wednesday 19 October 2016
THE PETER BINGHAM MEMORIAL LECTURE
CHESHIRE : THE INDUSTRIAL COUNTY.
A theme dear to Peter’s heart 
to be given by TONY BARTON.

Wednesday 16 November 2016
THE GROSVENORS OF EATON
LOUISE BENSON, Archivist for the Grosvenor Estates, will give a whistlestop tour of the Grosvenor family in Britain from 1066 and the development of the Halls at Eaton since 1675.

Wednesday 18 January 2017
BRITAIN’S NEW TOWNS

DR ELAIN HARWOOD, Senior Architectural Investigator with Historic England, the successor to English Heritage, will talk about the history, architecture and landscaping of the new towns like Warrington, Runcorn, Harlow, Stevenage and Milton Keynes that were built from the 1940s to 1970s. In 2015, Elain published ‘Space, Hope and Brutalism’ on post-war architecture and is now completing a book about new towns.

Wednesday 15 February 2017
THE WORK OF HISTORIC ENGLAND IN THE NORTH WEST

ANDREW DAVISON, Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments in the NW, will explain how Historic England champions and protects historic places by providing expert advice and assistance to local planning authorities, developers, owners and communities to help ensure our historic environment is properly understood, enjoyed and cared for.

Wednesday 15 March 2017
HISTORIC POOLS OF BRITAIN – INSPIRING COMMUNITY ACTION

GILL WRIGHT, Project Development Manager of Victoria Baths Trust and founder of Historic Pools of Britain, will present the rich architectural, social and sporting history of municipal swimming baths. Focussing on Victoria Baths and its long road to restoration, whilst also illustrating pools from around the country, Gill will demonstrate why so many people have campaigned passionately to save this special sector of Britain’s civic heritage.

Wednesday 12 April 2017
THE WORK OF THE OXTON SOCIETY: CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
 ALAN TELFER CHAPE is Secretary of the Oxton Society that was founded in 1978 when the Victorian settlement of Oxton was designated a conservation area. The Society has around 800 members and is very active in helping to protect and enhance the historical character of the area. It organises events like ‘The Secret Gardens of Oxton’ and engages in community building via newsletters and social media. Alan’s talk will illustrate the activities of the Oxton Society and speculate on the future of similar civic societies.

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.