• LRGS Alumna Henry Gregson
  • LRGS Alumna Sir Edward Frankland
  • LRGS Alumna William Whewell
  • LRGS Alumna Sir Richard Owen
  • LRGS Alumna Herbert Storey

Famous Past Pupils Featured in a Series of Talks

Famous past pupils will be the subject of a series of talks organised by Lancaster Royal Grammar School as part of the community archive project.

Local historian Dr Andrew White will present the first talk on ‘Some famous Old Boys of Lancaster Free School – 19th century Lancaster and the people who made it’.

This series of talks aim to celebrate LRGS alumni and their impact on Lancaster and beyond and are part of ‘The Changing Face of Lancaster’ archive project funded by the Heritage Lottery.

Admission is free to all events, and the first talk takes place at The Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster on Wednesday 17 January at 7pm. Dr Andrew White, formerly of Lancaster City Museum and author of many books on Lancaster’s history, will discuss the achievements of some notable alumni or ‘Old Lancastrians’ including scientists Sir Richard Owen, Sir Edward Frankland, and polymath William Whewell.

In the second talk, local history lecturer Dr Martin Purdy will focus on Herbert Storey and the development of the Westfield Memorial Village. This event takes place at The Storey on Tuesday 27 February from 7.30pm.

The final talk will focus on Lord Ashton and will take place at Lancaster Golf Club on Wednesday 7 March at 7pm. School archivist Mr Clive Holden will be talking about James Williamson (Junior) and his family’s impact on Lancaster.