The latest lecture, on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 2:00pm, will be delivered by Dr Elain Harwood, a senior architectural investigator with Historic England, formerly part of English Heritage. Elain’s talk will focus on the post-war expansion of Leicester, which produced new churches and schools of great interest. It will take in other ambitious but unrealised schemes, including the proposals for a civic centre by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. She will also look at the physical expansion of the University after gaining its independent charter in 1957, when a development plan was produced by Sir Leslie Martin followed by a series of buildings by Britain’s leading modern architects.
In November, a new edition of The Quality of Leicester was launched. The book traces the city’s architectural heritage from its origins in the late Iron Age through to the modern day, capturing a fascinating history of social, cultural and economic change. It features hundreds of buildings, as well as streets and parks, highlighting their local importance and exploring the part they have played in shaping the unique character of Leicester. The new book has been written by Michael Taylor, a town planner and building conservation specialist, who wrote the original edition back in 1993. More details available here.
The City Series Lectures
Leicester’s Planning Story – the Past and the Future / Sir Peter Soulsby / Thursday 26th January 2017, 5:30–6:30pm / Attenborough Hall, City Hall, Leicester
300 people enjoyed Sir Peter Soulsby’s presentation on his perspective of Leicester’s planning story at City Hall last night, followed by a lively question and answer session. A film of the event will shortly be available online. Thanks to all who attended and contributed.
PDF of Planning Exhibition Panels available below:
Guide to the History of Planning Exhibition available below:
[Thanks to Justin Webber, Senior Conservation officer at Leicester City Council, and Colin Hyde at the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University for their work on the Exhibition and Guide]