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

Famous Past Pupils Featured in a Series of Talks and Art Workshops

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

This series of talks celebrates 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 was free to all events, and the first talk took place at The Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster on Wednesday 17 January. Dr Andrew White, formerly of Lancaster City Museum and author of many books on Lancaster’s history, discussed the achievements of some notable alumni or ‘Old Lancastrians’ including Henry Gregson, scientists Sir Richard Owen, Sir Edward Frankland, and polymath William Whewell.

In the second talk, local history lecturer Dr Martin Purdy focused on Herbert Storey and the development of the Westfield Memorial Village. This event took place at The Storey on Tuesday 27 February.

The final talk focused on Lord Ashton and took place at Lancaster Golf Club on Wednesday 7 March. School archivist Mr Clive Holden talked about James Williamson (Junior) and his family’s impact on Lancaster.

Despite some appalling winter weather all three events were well attended by interested and enthusiastic audiences from the local community and further afield.

Running alongside the talks, community artist, Kevin Hankey, has been holding community art workshops inspired by the three philanthropists, their works and their impact on the development of modern Lancaster through the buildings and monuments they gave to the city.   Three groups are working with Kevin : local cancer support charity Cancercare, children from Christchurch School and public sessions meeting at the Gregson Centre.  The finished artworks will be exhibited at the Gregson Centre where a permanent cityscape mural will also be painted.

We have created a gallery of our "Changing Face of Lancaster" project which shows what we have been able to do through funding from the Lottery Heritage Fund.