Heritage-inspired public lectures designed to get you thinking!

“We are confident that the lectures we have planned will offer plenty of food for thought and delighted that Matthew is opening the series as he is forthright in his views and offers a more edgy perspective on the city’s heritage and its importance for the future.”

Director of Marketing and PR, Georgina Kelly

‘Can Stoke on-Trent make you happy?’ is the evocative question posed by Matthew Rice in a new public lecture series announced by Staffordshire University.

The free lecture, taking place in the Ashley Lecture Theatre on Leek Road next Tuesday November 11 at 6pm, heralds the start of a thought-provoking public lecture series which features contributions from TV historian Professor Michael Wood and Stoke-on-Trent MPs Tristram Hunt and Joan Walley.

Matthew Rice, Managing Director of local pottery Emma Bridgewater, was made an Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University during its graduation ceremonies this year for his role in championing the city for its heritage and its potential for the creative industries.

Sharing his personal discovery of Stoke-on-Trent, which is beautifully illustrated in his book The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent book, Matthew Rice will talk about how the city’s heritage can contribute towards a happy and healthy community.

Director of Marketing and PR, Georgina Kelly said: “The public lecture series is part of our Centenary and a way in which we can celebrate 100 years of education heritage with the wider community.

“We are confident that the lectures we have planned will offer plenty of food for thought and delighted that Matthew is opening the series as he is forthright in his views and offers a more edgy perspective on the city’s heritage and its importance for the future.”

Matthew will be signing copies of his book during the evening and anybody wishing to secure a place should phone 01782 295860 or email public@staffs.ac.uk. The University is also taking bookings for the public lecture by Professor Michael Wood which will take place in the Science Centre on Wednesday December 3 at 6pm.

Georgina added: “We anticipate that there will be a rush for places for the lectures planned this side of Christmas and urge people to book now to avoid disappointment.”

For more information on University events, visit the website

  • This lecture is the first lecture in the Centenary Public Lecture Series.  Staffordshire University are currently celebrating 100 years of education heritage in North Staffordshire and direct and continuing support for local industry, the wider workforce and the regional economy.  As part of the celebrations we have chosen a programme of speakers whose knowledge and areas of expertise reflect our hundred years of education excellence. 


 

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