Past Events

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Friday 29th January 2016
Trafford Mill, Forgotten Gem of the Gowy Valley.

Monday 23rd November 2015 at 2.00 pm
From Bricks to Villas

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Memorial Lecture in honour of Oliver Bott by Tony Barton
Grosvenor Museum, 7.15 pm
See details here

Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Civic Trust Trip To Bromborough Pool, Birkenhead Park and New Brighton
Led by Graham Fisher

Wednesday 12th March 2014 – THE PUBLIC PARKS OF EDWARD KEMP
Elizabeth Davey will return to celebrate an important anniversary: 150 years since the acclaimed landscape gardener began work on the designs for his first two public parks. In fact, Kemp’s first solo attempt was for Chester’s Grosvenor Park after a site visit in January of 1864.

Wednesday 16th October 2013 – HYDRO-ELECTRIC CENTENARY
100 years ago, in 1913, Chester’s fledgling electricity supply was given a boost by the construction of an innovative low-head hydro-electric power station next to the Old Dee Bridge on the site of the former Dee Mills. It operated until 1951 when it was converted into a water pumping station. Now disused, the building is being considered for a revival of power generation. George Ablett, Principal Sustainable Development Officer for Cheshire West & Chester Council and Project Manager will give a talk to inspire debate and assess the balance of historical, social and financial issues influencing this key project.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 – TRIUMPH, DEMOLITION AND DECAY
Jonathan Brown, Director of “Share the City”, will reflect on the history and impact of almost 40 years of campaigning by SAVE Britain’s Heritage in Liverpool. He will talk of civic activism on the front line in the face of the Pathfinder scheme’s destructive effects on the city, and show inspiring examples of historic buildings saved through determined public engagement.

Wednesday 22nd January 2014 – LOST HALLS OF WIRRAL
Gavin Hunter is among the best known local lecturers. From his new research he writes: “The Wirral peninsula was once rich in wonderful manors, magnificent old halls and numerous merchant houses. This illustrated talk looks at some that still exist, but many which have changed their use… or long since disappeared.”

Wednesday 19th February 2014 – CHESTER’S LEADWORKS
Geoff Pickard was born in Chester and on leaving university in 1968 joined the Leadworks as a Research Metallurgist. He worked there for fourteen years, eventually becoming Works Manager in 1980. Chester Leadworks is one of the city’s oldest surviving industries. It started in 1799 and operated on the canal bank in Boughton for over 200 years and is still operating today at a new site on the Chester West Employment Park. The talk traces the development of the site and, with the aid of photographs and diagrams, describes how a wide variety of lead products were manufactured and marketed by the company.