Abstracts and speakers' biographical details for forthcoming talks

May 2019

By Gill Girdziusz

For further details of the Society's lecture programme click here.

Tuesday 14 May
Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of being Cathedral Architect at St Albans for 18 years
Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths will talk about his experience of guiding the repairs, alterations and the new building project over his 18-year term as Cathedral Architect. He will talk about the challenges of keeping a long-term vision for the development of the Cathedral in the face of the pressures of mission and funding, and about the achievement in transforming the Abbey with a whole series of interventions along the processional axis leading from the west doors to the shrine chapel to the east. The 18-year project won a RIBA National Award in 2016. He will also talk about his work in restoring Scott’s Grand Midland Hotel at St Pancras as a grand hotel at the international (and St Albans) terminus for London.

Richard Griffiths founded Richard Griffiths Architects in 1993. The practice has established itself as one of the leading historic buildings practices, noted for the quality of its design work as well as for its work in adapting historic buildings to new uses. Richard was Cathedral Architect at Southwark Cathedral for 18 years from 2000. He has worked on buildings for the National Trust, English Heritage and major churches and was joint architect for the St Pancras Hotel. He is currently consultant for the conversion of the Royal London Hospital building into the Tower Hamlets Town Hall.

Tuesday 21 May
London’s Lea Valley: Britain’s best kept secret?
Dr Jim Lewis

London’s Lea Valley can claim to be the birthplace of the post-industrial revolution, the electronic technological revolution which began with the invention of the diode valve by Professor Ambrose Fleming. This inspired device, invented and developed at Ponders End, Enfield not only paved the way for today’s multimedia electronics industry, but also created the delivery platform for space travel, e-mail and the internet, not to mention the computer. The talk will also explain that the Lea Valley had more industrial firsts than anywhere else in the world.

Dr Lewis has spent most of his career in the consumer electronics industry, apart from a three-year spell in the Royal Air Force servicing airborne and ground wireless communications equipment. When working in the Lea Valley for Thorn EMI Ferguson he represented the company abroad on several occasions and was involved in the exchange of manufacturing technology. Currently he is a Consultant to Sir Terry Farrell & Partners on the historical development of London’s Lea Valley. As a volunteer, he also teaches students who have learning difficulties for local Social Services. Jim is currently Contributory International Professor to Marion University in America teaching business students.

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