Planning Leicester: Planning and the Historic Environment since the 1960s

Posted by ap507 at Jun 06, 2016 12:23 PM |
Free two-day event on 1 & 2 July explores post war reshaping of central Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 6 June 2016

  • City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester 1 July 2016
  • New Walk Museum, Leicester 2 July 2016

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The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council present a free two day event on 1 and 2 July which will bring together local people, scholars and City Council professionals to discuss the post war reshaping of central Leicester. 

Leicester is a good example of how post war planning has left a strong imprint on an ancient city, and how many of the ‘mistakes’ of the recent past are now being corrected.  In the 1950s/60s the construction of the central ring road split the ancient town in two and caused the demolition of medieval buildings. Konrad Smigielski, one of the most prominent of Britain’s post war planners, was Leicester’s chief planner in the 1960s and his legacy continues to divide opinion.

Professor Simon Gunn, Professor of Urban History at the University said: “The conference starts with a keynote address by Dr Otto Saumarez Smith of Oxford University who will put 1960s town planning in Leicester into a UK context. Other subjects covered by a wide range of speakers from organisations such as Historic England and the Royal Town Planning Institute, will include the rediscovery of Leicester’s archaeological remains, the role of Konrad Smigielski, his relationship with the city in the 1960s and developments in planning between the 1970s and today.  The conference ends with a look at the future plans for Leicester and the reflections of Sir Peter Soulsby, the City Mayor, on changes he has seen during his 40 years in the city.”

Colin Hyde from the Centre for Urban History added: “This event will be of interest to the general public, academics, and professionals with an interest in town planning and the historic environment. It will also be an ideal introduction to the subject for anyone interested in the recent history of Leicester, particularly those who are too young to be aware of a period of time when archaeology and standing buildings were arguably less valued by the general population than they are now.  We look forward to welcoming everyone – come and join the debate about Leicester past and future!”

It is possible to attend for all or part of the two days but booking is essential.  Booking information and full programme details are available from 


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