Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund On The Future Of Our Past

12 April 2011

Dame Jenny Abramsky

Dame Jenny Abramsky will give the Annual Phillip Memorial Lecture at the University's Kedleston Road site on Thursday 14 April at 7pm.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, will deliver this year's annual Phillip Whitehead Memorial Lecture at the University of Derby.

The free public lecture, entitled Investing In Our Past To Inspire Our Future, will be held in The Courtroom (Room OL2) at the University's Kedleston Road site in Derby, at 7pm on Thursday 14 April.

Dame Jenny is a former Director of BBC Audio and Music, with responsibility for all its national radio networks, and past member of the Corporation's Executive Board. She became Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in October 2008.

Her talk will focus on the stark choice facing those looking after our heritage during a time of austerity and public services reform. Should we curtail our ambitions and chiefly protect the most valuable historic assets or broaden horizons, repositioning 'heritage' itself as a key factor in social and economic development?

The annual Phillip Whitehead Memorial Lectures - which focus on conservation issues relating to the natural and built environment - are run in association with Derbyshire conservation group The Arkwright Society. They are named in honour of the late East Midlands Labour MEP, Phillip Whitehead, who was a good friend to both the University and the Society.

To book a free place to attend this year's lecture go to website www.derby.ac.uk/arkwright or contact University Events Officer Angela Drinkwater on 01332 591046 or email: a.drinkwater@derby.ac.uk

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