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 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.

We conclude  the Winter Lecture  Series on 17 April at 1930 with a very timely talk – vis a vis the forthcoming Northgate Phase 1 planning application. Dr Steve Millington, the Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University will speak on ‘The Future of the High Street and Town Centres’

Lectures take place at 1930 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.