16 November 2017 at the Key Theatre, Peterborough.

Peterborough celebrates its 50th birthday of third-wave New Town Designation in 2017 and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns.

This was the third in our seminar series, following on from successful events marking Milton Keynes at 50 and Harlow at 70, earlier in the year. This event included a tour of Peterborough’s New Town Townships and other points of New Town architecture and interest and finished with a reception at the Keys Theatre.


8.45 Registration/ Coffee/ Networking

09.00 Welcome Peterborough Council (Cllr John Holdich, Leader of the Council)

Session Chaired by Richard Hunt, Vivacity

09.10 The ARHC New Town Heritage Research Network – Introduction; Sabine Coady Schaebitz, Coventry University

09.20 Expanding Peterborough under the New Towns Act; Graham Walker, Architect, formerly of Peterborough Development Corporation

09.50 Peterborough in 2017 – Where we are Now, Simon Machen, Corporate Director Growth and Regeneration, Peterborough City Council

10.20 Discussion

10.50 Tea/ Coffee/ Networking

11.20 Heritage and Culture in Peterborough New Town; Richard Hunt, Head of Culture, Vivacity and Ivan Cutting, Eastern Angles Theatre Company

11.40 Towards a New Towns Heritage Research Agenda; Bob Colenutt, Oxford Brookes University; Sabine Coady Schaebitz, Coventry University; Noël James, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

12.10 Q&A and Discussion

12.30 Lunch with optional film showing of New Town Peterborough early days

Session Chaired by Chris Durkin, Nottingham Trent University, Project Manager and Independent Consultant

13.15 Round Table Discussion about New Town Heritage; Professor John Gold, Oxford Brookes; David Turnock, Peterborough Civic Society; Mike Taylor Conservation and Planning Consultant; Sabine Coady Schaebitz, Coventry University, Professor Ben Rogaly

The continuing legacy of modernism, Professor John Gold, Oxford Brookes

14.30 Tour of Peterborough New Town; Kem Mehmed, formerly of Peterborough Development Corporation

15.45 Arrive back at Key Theatre

16.00 Concluding Discussion and Tea

16.45 Close