The University of Liverpool’s Heritage Theme is delighted to welcome back one of our alumni to give this year’s Keynote Lecture. Paul Boniface (BA Hons Politcal Theory and Institutions, 1985) is The Secretary of the National Trust. He lectures on governance, human resources and conservation management both nationally and internationally.
Paul's lecture, 'People & Place – the history, properties and personalities of the National Trust’, will chart the history of the National Trust from the end of the nineteenth century to the current day, explaining the charity’s mission and how it has responded to the changing conservation challenges and concerns of different generations.
Various, often personal, interpretations exist regarding the role of the National Trust in British society. Paul will explain the vision of the Trust’s founders and the historic context in which it was conceived. He will describe how that vision became enshrined in statute that has stood the test of time and which explains precisely what the Trust is for. Paul will then consider key chapters in the Trust’s history, reflecting on important acquisitions and the characters who, over the last 125 years, have made the conservation charity what it is today. Borrowing the proposition that conservation is ultimately about the careful management of change, Paul will end by reflecting on current and future conservation challenges and how the Trust and other conservation bodies must continue to adapt.
Paul will then be joined by Heritage Theme Lead and Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, Professor Lin Foxhall, at the University of Liverpool, who will Chair a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool
Dr Deborah Mays, Head of Listing Advice at Historic England
Harold Mytum, Professor of Archaeology, University of Liverpool
Dr Andrew McClelland, Research Associate, University of Manchester Alliance Business School.
This event is free to attend with the opportunity to submit questions to the panel following the main discussion.