The Ann Kirby Memorial Lecture:
Dr Mervyn Miller on Sir Edwin Lutyens
Friday 10 May, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Sponsored by Friends of Hertford Museum and generously supported by Hertfordshire County Council.
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A lecture by Dr Mervyn Miller about Sir Edwin Lutyens (pictured), architect, town planner and historian.
Dr Miller will talk about Lutyens' Knebworth connection through his marriage to Lady Emily Lytton; his close association with Gertrude Jekyll, including houses and garden in Hertfordshire, such as Knebworth House and Homewood, also Ashwellbury. Lutyens' London work includes the Central Squares at Hampstead Garden Suburb, the ex-Midland Banks on Piccadilly and the former HQ on Poultry (now refurbished as ‘The Ned’); also the War Memorials – The Cenotaph and the Mercantile Marine Memorial.
About Dr Mervyn Miller
Dr Mervyn Miller is an architect, town planner and historian. He has lived in Ashwell, North Herts, for 45 years. Professionally, after working as Principal Conservation Officer for Herts CC and North Herts DC (1972-87), he became an independent Heritage adviser involved with the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust. He served as the Royal Town Planning Institute appointed Director on the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust from 1979-2000 and was subsequently appointed Hon. Life President.
A founder member of The Lutyens Trust, he was their Architectural Adviser from 1985-2011, and remains a Trustee. While working for NHDC he researched the origins and development of Letchworth Garden City (1903), which led to the designation of its conservation area in 1974, and a building-by-building index which led to a comprehensive listing in 1979.
Dr Miller was also a founder member of Letchworth Garden City Society and is now Hon. Life President. This, together with his involvement with Hampstead GS, led to the awards of a Doctorate from Birmingham University on ‘The influence of Sir Raymond Unwin (1863-1940) on the evolution of English town Planning’, awarded 1981. He has published the histories of Letchworth GC and Hampstead GS and, more recently, an English Heritage book ‘Introducing Garden Cities’ for their Informed Conservation series.
As an independent consultant to English Heritage in the mid-1990s, Dr Miller undertook, in association with East Herts DC, comprehensive list reviews for Ware and Hertford. He has presented on the international significance of the Garden City movement in Britain and worldwide since 1990 at conferences of the International Planning History Society and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He has visited Delhi several times to assist the Lutyens Trust’s endeavours to attain World Heritage status for New Delhi.