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New lecture series to explore Leicester's planning story

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2017

A NEW series of public lectures that will explore the urban development, history and architecture of Leicester will launch later this month.

The ‘City Series’ lecture programme is being developed by the ‘Urban Observatory’, a small group of planning professionals and academics from Leicester City Council, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby, who will deliver the first lecture in the series, said: “This is an exciting collaboration that will bring together a wealth of local expertise in urban studies, architecture and Leicester's planning story and I am delighted to be giving the inaugural lecture.

“We have some outstanding experts across the three local universities and we are looking forward to working closely together to share learning with the wider community through this new series of public lectures.”

The inaugural lecture will explore the historic and future development of Leicester. It will take place at City Hall, 115 Charles Street, on Thursday 26 January from 5.15pm. 

It is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance at

Future events in the ‘City Series’ for 2017 will be led by academics from the three local universities and will explore a wide range of topics such as urban design and the role of way-marking, gentrification, design for healthy cities, and the historic development of place identity in Leicester.