THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2016 by Dr. Christopher Ridgway
George Howard unexpectedly inherited Castle Howard following the death of his older brother. On his return from war service he opened its doors to the visiting public, immersing himself in public life and engaging with local causes. Whatever he attempted, he wanted to make a difference.
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2018 by Sarah Sheils
Arnold Rowntree, a nephew of Joseph Rowntree, was Member of Parliament for York from 1910-1918. A successful business man, whose interests included the welfare of the working classes, the relief of poverty, education, newspapers and politics, he was a trustee of the Rowntree Charitable, Village and Reform Trusts and the Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. He had many other roles both in York and nationally. A notable Quaker and one of the forefathers of modern welfare at home, he worked for greater international understanding in the inter-war years.
by Professors Jonathan Bradshaw and Bill Sheils
1871 – 1954
The Sheldon Memorial Trust has joined with the Rowntree Society in offering a joint lecture by Professors Jonathan Bradshaw and Bill Sheils on Seebohm Rowntree, the Chairman of Rowntree and Company Limited, social reformer and pioneer of research into Poverty.
This will be held in the Lakeside Room of the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York on 9th June 2018. Buses number 66 and 66a stop near the Hub.
This event is part of the Festival of Ideas. Admission is free of charge but by ticket only. Tickets can only be booked through the Festival of ideas at www.yorkfestivalofideas.com.
by Dr. Allen Warren
DEAN OF YORK 1941 – 1963
A most remarkable Dean, a lecture by Dr. Allen Warren.
by Peter Pace
GEORGE PACE CVO
1915 – 1975
George Pace CVO, the noted ecclesiastical Architect and conservationist, a lecture by Peter Pace.
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2013 by Dr. Allen Warren
24th September 2013
Eric John Francis James, Baron James of Rusholme was a prominent British educator. He taught science at Winchester College from 1933 to 1945, and was High Master of The Manchester Grammar School from 1945 to 1962. He then became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, serving from 1962 to 1973. He had well-known and controversial views on the importance of meritocracy and took very seriously "the University's obligation to be a cultural and educational force in the region".
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2012 by Dr. Ralph Kaner
27th March 2012
George Harris joined Rowntrees in 1923, and was Chairman from 1941 to 1952. By force of his personality and the evident success of his strategy, he committed the sometimes reluctant company to a new modern sophisticated Brands Marketing approach. The result was Rowntrees’ prosperous growth, so important to York’s economy, and the lasting appearance of such products as Black Magic, Smarties, Aero, and above all Kit Kat, today recognised as a successful global brand.
A printed version of the lecture is available to purchase at a price of £5. To make a purchase please send a cheque for £6 to include postage and a self addressed A5 envelope to:
21 School Lane
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2011 by Dr Katherine A. Webb
12th April, 2011
J.B. Morrell was one of York's greatest benefactors. He was a director of Rowntree and Co., Chairman of Westminster Press, Chairman of the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust, Chairman of the City's Finance Committee and twice Lord Mayor. He founded York Conservation Trust, promoted the York Castle Museum, produced several books on York's history and architecture and was one of the key figures in the foundation of the University of York. The lecture explored J.B. Morrell's immense legacy and show how this played a vital role in shaping the identity of modern York.
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2010 by John Ingamells
9th March 2010
Hans Hess O.B.E, a refugee from Nazi Germany, was Curator of York Art Gallery from 1947 until 1967. Energetic, witty and formidable, he secured the gift of the Lycett Green Collection and transformed a war-damaged building, housing a collection of little more than local interest, into an art gallery of international repute. He played a major part in the cultural life of York for 20 years and was instrumental in making York the northern focus of the Festival of Britain in 1951. The Festival reintroduced the York Cycle of Mystery Plays to a modern audience and made York the home of a successful quadrennial festival of the arts for almost 40 years.
A small number of printed copies of this lecture are available for FREE. To request your copy, please send a self addressed envelope (C5 size and stamped with postage of £1.17) to
J.M. Pickard, 21 School Lane, Copmanthorpe, York, YO23 3SQ. For more details fill out the contact form here.
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2008 by Dr. Katherine Webb
10th April 2008
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015
The best known Arts and Crafts architect in the North of England, Walter Brierley came to York at the age of 23 and made an immediate impact on the City. He brought freshness and innovation to its schools, banks, private houses and churches in a way that has not been seen since. The lecture considered the man, his prodigious output and his legacy.
THE SHELDON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017 by Jane Crease
Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, first Professor of Architecture at the University of York and the first Director of Leeds Polytechnic, Patrick Nuttgens was an educator, a writer, a broadcaster and an artist. He was a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission, Chairman of the York Theatre Royal Trust and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of York Georgian Society He had a major impact on the University of York and made a huge contribution to architecture and conservation in the City.
The Trust promoted a series of lectures on 20th-century individuals who have made a notable contribution to York.The first of these lectures, entitled Oliver Sheldon, 1894 – 1951, was given by Katherine Webb on 10 April 2008 in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York. Such was the interest that it was repeated, on 10 October 2008, at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Bishopthorpe, York.
These lectures are made available to the public via downloadable links or audio recordings found below.