Gerald Walters Memorial Lecture - 40th Anniversary

Leading architectural historian Dr Simon Thurley will present the 40th Anniversary Gerald Walters Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 18 May at the University.

The lecture, titled ‘Civilisation: Who decides? Heritage and the fabrication of history’, will look at the growing role of the state in the cultural life of the nation and will determine perceptions of civilisation.

Dr Thurley is a regular broadcaster on television and radio as well as Chief Executive of English Heritage.

In 1969 Lord Clark presented his now famous television series Civilisation in which the central hero was the genius of the individual.  Over forty years later, eleven years into a new century, Simon Thurley questions whether the argument holds valid for the culture of the twentieth century. He argues that the growing role of the state in the cultural life of the nation has and will determine perceptions of civilisation. In national history, heritage and culture is the state now more important than the individual?

The lecture begins at 18.15 (until 19.30) on 18 May in lecture theatre 5 West 2.4.

Free tickets are available from Gail Gillespie, Events & Ceremonies Office, East Building 2.2. Telephone 01225 383659 or email g.gillespie@bath.ac.uk.

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