Civic Trust Lecture Series 2018 – 2019


We have a diverse line-up of speakers and topics for the 2018/19 Winter Lecture Series.

Our opening Lecture on Wednesday 24th October will be given by JULIAN RICHARDS, the Radio and TV Presenter of ‘Meet the Ancestors’, ‘Blood of the Vikings’ and ‘Mapping our Town’. Julian was formerly an archaeologist with English Heritage and his talk will focus on STONEHENGE. The World Heritage Site was gifted to the nation 100 years ago and the controversial plan to build a road tunnel under the Stones has hit the headlines recently.

Julian will waive his speaker’s fee and in return we have agreed to make a collection for his chosen charity, Medecin sans Frontieres, at the Lecture.

We will hear about another centenary on the 16th January, 7.30pm when PROFESSOR EMMA REES will speak about 100 years of Female Suffrage with special reference to Chester’s first woman councilor and first Mayor, Phyllis Brown and the city’s first woman Sheriff, Kate Clarke.

In between, the Lecture on the 21st November will be on ‘THE FUTURE OF THE HIGH STREET’, a subject that is very pertinent to Chester at the moment. The Centre for Retail Research predicts that the annual number of store closures will rise to over 10,000 in 2019. Big names like Marks and Spencer, Mothercare and Monsoon have all announced store closures. Debenhams has issued another profit warning. House of Fraser, the proposed anchor store for the Northgate development went into administration. 20% of sales are now online. The High Street is changing as traditional shops are replaced by coffee shops and nail bars. Will the High Street of the future became the place to socialise rather than to shop?

In the second half of our Lecture Series in February we will welcome LOUISE PALOMBA, Associate Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners, who has worked with one of Britain’s leading architects, Richard Rogers, since 1990.

In March, MIKE HIGGINBOTTOM will take us on a voyage of discovery in Victorian cemeteries. And our final Lecture in April is a mystery! The dates for these Lectures are listed on the back page of this Newsletter.

Lectures take place in the Lecture Theatre of the Grosvenor Museum. Admission is FREE to members of Chester Civic Trust. Guests are very welcome £5 on the door.