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University Centre Shrewsbury to welcome broadcaster and heritage expert Loyd Grossman

Broadcaster and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman CBE will be welcomed to University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) this month as part of a new series of free lectures.

Dr Grossman will launch the Rowley’s Heritage Lectures with a discussion on ‘A New Future for Heritage’ on Wednesday 20th April, 2016. The lecture will run from 7pm to 8.30pm at Rowley’s House in Barker Street, Shrewsbury.

Dr Grossman said: “I’m looking forward to visiting University Centre Shrewsbury as part of its public events programme and discussing the overarching trends that are influencing how we define, protect, promote and pay for our heritage in a turbulent world.”

After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times, Dr Grossman was diverted into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including ‘Through the Keyhole’, ‘MasterChef’, ‘Behind the Headlines’, ‘History of British Sculpture’, ‘Loyd on Location’ and ‘Build Britain’. He also wrote and presented a series, ‘Composers at Home’, for Radio 3.

His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations. He is a former Commissioner of the Museums and Galleries Commission; a former Commissioner of English Heritage; a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England; a founding member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council; past Chairman of National Museums Liverpool and of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and past President of the British Association of Friends of Museums. He founded the 24 Hour Museum (now Culture 24), acting as Chairman until 2005, and in 2014 he became Deputy Chair of the Royal Drawing School.

Dr Grossman is also Patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Patron of Heritage Open Days. In 2007 Dr Grossman was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, and in 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the Heritage Alliance which represents more than 95 non-governmental and voluntary organisations working in the heritage sector.

He was appointed OBE in 2003 and was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree in 2007 by the University of Chester in recognition of his heritage work. In June 2015 he was appointed CBE in recognition of his services to heritage.

The series of Rowley’s Heritage Lectures will continue on Wednesday 27th April when Sir Neil Cossons, former Director of the Science Museum, London, and past Chairman of English Heritage, further considers the future of Britain’s museums and heritage. The lecture ‘Whose Museums, Whose Heritage, Who Pays’ takes place at Rowley’s House from 7pm to 8.30pm.

To book places for the lectures email [email protected] or call 01743 297185.