Ironbridge Annual Lecture By Loyd Grossman, Chairman, Heritage Alliance Heritage in the Post Truth World
11th October 2017
The lecture will be run by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in partnership with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), a department of the University of Birmingham, as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
In his talk Loyd Grossman will look at the seismic political events of recent years, which are in part the result of meta trends like globalisation, digital expressions of mass opinion and a disdain for elite expertise. He will discuss how these same trends will significantly change how we define and care for our heritage, and look at changing concepts of heritage and how our sector can respond to these new challenges.
Born in Boston in 1950, Loyd Grossman graduated from Boston University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc Econ) and Magdalene College, Cambridge (PhD, MPhil). After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times he 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 BBC Radio 3.
His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations. In 2009 Loyd was elected Chairman of the Heritage, Alliance which represents over 100 non-governmental and voluntary organisations working in the heritage sector. He is also President of the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS); a member of the board of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and Patron of Heritage Open Days. Loyd received an OBE in 2003 and CBE in June 2015 in recognition of his services to heritage.
Loyd is a keen guitarist and has his own band, The New Forbidden, who made their seventh appearance at Glastonbury in June 2017!
Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm ahead of the lecture, which starts at 7pm. It will be followed by a question and answer session at 7.45pm. The evening is free of charge but tickets must be booked in advance via www.ironbridge.org.uk and donations will be welcome on the door.