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Peter Murray


Conservation & Heritage: champions and challenges

A residential symposium in Liverpool’s historic centre

Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city in the UK outside of London, and as such is a fitting location for Martin Randall Travel’s 2018 symposium; Conservation and Heritage.

Taking place over three days (7–9 November), this ambitious symposium brings together movers and shakers in the world of architectural conservation to examine the impact of tourism and new developments, as well as celebrating the skills and scholarship that make restoration and regeneration possible. Topics range from conservation in conflict zones in the Middle East, to Windsor Castle 25 Years after the Fire and championing the UK’s northern architectural heritage.

The symposium is held at Bluecoat, the oldest standing building in the city centre, together with an evening lecture and reception in the Grade 1-listed Town Hall. Among the twelve speakers are Sir Simon Jenkins, Sir Donald Insall, Dr Simon Thurley, Jane da Mosto, Marcus Binney, Henrietta Billings and John Darlington.

Prices from £580 pp (two sharing). Includes 2 nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts, refreshments and one dinner, admission to the talks, and some coach travel within Liverpool.

For further information, please click here or call 020 8742 3355

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Peter Murray


We’re delighted to announce a new speaker for the London Brexit Debate on 13 September.

Joining Lord Adonis and Daniel Moylan will be Caroline Pidgeon MBE, London Assembly member and former Lib Dem candidate for the Mayoralty.

‘Early Bird’ tickets for the debate are still available, meaning London Society members can attend for as little as £5. Full information can be found here.

The London Brexit Debate will be held at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square on the evening of Thursday 13 September and will be chaired by Dave Hill of the On London website.

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Peter Murray


Earlier this year (May 10th) the London Society held an informal Writing London event looking at London OnLine.

As well as interesting and entertaining talks from brilliant London bloggers Dave Hill of On London, Katie Wignall of Look Up London, and Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison of the Deserter, many other bloggers in the audience shared their insights and experiences.

As a result, we’d like to put together a list of great London blogs, as recommended by London Society members. To start you off, here are some that were mentioned at the event, but please do send us your own suggestions so we can share them with the rest of the London Society:

What other London blogs are worth reading?: follow this link and let us know your favourites.

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Peter Murray


After the success of the 2017 series, we are very pleased to announce five further talks in our ‘Planning School’. Book for all five for the price of just four – and non-members who book for the whole series will be given 12 months individual membership of the Society.

To find out more and to book, click here

The planning system is a complex world of jargon-filled regulations, inscrutable maps and emotionally charged meetings. It is inhabited by an unseemly mixture of politicians, developers and consultants, with ordinary local people often bearing the brunt of their deals in the high streets and neighbourhood roads where we live. It is often blamed for blighting our beloved places with ugly buildings, and yet is similarly accused of holding back the development we need to meet pentup housing demand.

Planning is one of the most visible and potent outworkings of our democracy. It is the forum that safeguards by law our rights as citizens to influence the places we live and work in the city.

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