Celebrating Welwyn Garden City at 100: learning from the past, transforming the present, re-imagining the future.


A creative exploration of the Garden City idea, an online conference and guided walking study tours in Welwyn Garden City

Join us for a two-day creative exploration of the Garden City idea as one of the signature events to celebrate the centenary of Welwyn Garden City.

The enduring influence of Welwyn Garden City, and the Garden City Principles it sought to enshrine, is recognised internationally. This event will bring together expert speakers and commentators from across the world to generate lively discussion and interventions designed to address the 21st Century challenges of providing places where people want to live, and can afford to do so.

We will consider the legacy and the future of the Garden City and the countless places it inspired; What went right? What could have been done better? And above all, how can we apply this practical experience both at home and abroad, against a context of population growth, the climate emergency and the need for sustainable living?

Day one will consider the legacy and the future of the Garden City and the countless places it inspired; What went right? What could have been done better? And above all, how can we apply this practical experience both at home and abroad, against a context of population growth, the climate emergency and the need for sustainable living? 

Day two will comprise guided walking study tours of Welwyn Garden City to explore the design and architecture of Welwyn Garden City, as well as its cultural heritage, arts and social life.

Delegates can choose to attend one or both days.


The first 250 ticket holders will receive an exclusive Welwyn Garden City Gift Box delivered straight to their door! 

These celebratory gift boxes have been carefully curated with limited edition centenary gifts – including an original Welwyn Garden City print, mug, tote bag, artistic activities and challenges you can complete during the event, as well as special edition journal articles and souvenir guide.

*For online conference delegates. Postage to UK only. 


Agenda: Wednesday 15th September 2021 - Online Conference, hosted on Hopin 

Plenary session 1: The Welwyn experiment – A century of innovation 

10:00

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

10:05

OFFICIAL WELCOMES

  • Peter Waine, Chairman, Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation
  • The Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, MP for Welwyn Hatfield (invited)

10:15

THE WELWYN EXPERIMENT - A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

A newly commissioned film on the history and lessons from Welwyn Garden City and the wider Garden City movement.

10:30

PANEL DISCUSSION, including:

  • David Lock CBE, Strategic Planning Adviser/Vice President, DLA/TCPA 
  • Dr Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, Historic England  
  • Dr Wei Yang, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute FAcSS, FRTPI, MCIHT, AOU, RIBA Client Advisor

11:15

LESSONS FOR TOMORROW - GARDEN CITY PRINCIPLES FOR THE 21st CENTURY

  • Katy Lock, Director, Communities & Project Delivery (FJ Osborn Fellow), TCPA

11:30

Q&A

11:45

BREAK - Opportunity for delegates to visit expo booths, networking and more!

12:15

THE CHALLENGES FOR NEW GARDEN CITIES - CONVERSATIONS

Locating and consenting new Garden Cities   

People, power and homes for all

Finance and stewardship

Climate resilient and healthy Garden Cities

Chair: Mary Parsons, Regeneration and Partnerships Director, Lovell; Chair, TCPA

Chair: Leigh JohnsonHead of Design & Master Development, Homes England; TCPA Trustee 

Chair: Katy Lock, Director, Communities & Project Delivery (FJ Osborn Fellow), TCPA

Chair: Julia Thrift, Director, Healthier Place-making, TCPA 

Contributors:

  • Catriona Riddell,
    Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates
  • Mark Dickens
    Lead Officer - Spatial Planning, 
    Liverpool City Region
  • Bev Hindle
    Executive Director of the Oxford–Cambridge
    Arc Leadership Group

 

Contributors:

  • Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Chief Executive Director, Rights: Community: Action 
  • Derek Hooper, Equality & Diversity Consultant
  • Margaret WilkinsonHead of Planning for Real

Contributors:

  • Fionnuala LennonHead of Garden Communities, Homes England
  • David AmesExecutive Director, Stewardship & Development, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
  • Yolande Barnes, Chair, The Bartlett Real Estate Institute (invited)

Contributors:

  • Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA 
  • Ann Forsyth, Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard University 
  • Rachel BrisleyHead of Climate Services, JBA Consulting; co-author of the Committee on Climate Change report UK Climate Risk

13:15

BREAK - Opportunity for delegates to visit expo booths, networking and more!

Plenary session 2: A tomorrow for cities? The challenge and the choice

14:00

WELCOME BACK FROM THE CHAIR 

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

14:05

PLANNING FOR PEOPLE

Mitchell Silver, Commissioner, New York City Parks Department

14:20

CHALLENGE FOR THE PANEL

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

14:25

PROPOSITIONS FOR TOMORROW'S CITIES

  • Ensuring a just transition to climate resilience - Katherine Grieg, Senior Transition Specialist, FloodRe
  • Democracy and governance - who has power and what is the role of local people - Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder and Chair, Incredible Edible Network
  • Land and freedomGuy Shrubsole, Campaigner and author of Who Owns England?

15:25

CONCLUSIONS FROM THE CHAIR

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

15:30

CLOSE


Agenda: Thursday 16th September 2021 - Guided Walking Study Tours

The walks will be on flat terrain around Welwyn Garden Citycomfortable footwear and outdoor clothing is recommended. The Study Tours will be Covid Secure to ensure compliance with the latest English Law and Government Guidance.   

Guided Walking Study Tours of Welwyn Garden City 

10:15

ARRIVAL & WELCOME REFRESHMENTS

Focolare Centre For Unity69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6JG 

Delegates will receive an exclusive tote bag to include limited edition Charles Paine Four Seasons poster, mapsspecial edition journal articles and souvenir guide. 

Welcome from the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Peter Hebden

11:00

TOUR SESSION 1: Led by Tony Skottowe, Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and Malcolm Day, Welwyn Garden City Society

TOUR A - ARCHITECTURE: This tour will explore the design principles, layout format and architecture of Welwyn Garden City. How the Louis de Soissons original Masterplan (1920) has remained remarkably intact, and how in most cases development of properties has stayed true to the original. There will be a visit to the library to view original papers, and a walking tour showing the de Soissons and Kenyon designed grouping of houses, as well as the opportunity to view an Arts & Crafts house, and the Daily Mail Model Village (1922).

TOUR B - PLAY AND ARTS: This tour will explore how the community of Welwyn Garden City used leisure time during its 100-year history. An exhibition of the range of activities available will set the scene before we start out. During the tour we will visit The Barn Theatre and consider the opportunities for music, see examples of sportshorticulture and examine items of public art displayed in the town. Works will include Henry Moore, the new bronze statue of Ebenezer Howard, Ad Astra and other items. Delegates are also encouraged to visit the Maynard Gallery to see the display of work by local artists after the tours.

12:30

RETURN TO FOCOLARE CENTRE FOR PACKED LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS  

Focolare Centre For Unity, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6JG 

Networking and chance to view archive images  

14:00

TOUR SESSION 2: Led by Tony Skottowe, Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and Malcolm Day, Welwyn Garden City Society

Tours repeated - delegates will switch around

TOUR A - ARCHITECTURE: This tour will explore the design principles, layout format and architecture of Welwyn Garden City. How the Louis de Soissons original Masterplan (1920) has remained remarkably intact, and how in most cases development of properties has stayed true to the original. There will be a visit to the library to view original papers, and a walking tour showing the de Soissons and Kenyon designed grouping of houses, as well as the opportunity to view an Arts & Crafts house, and the Daily Mail Model Village (1922).

TOUR B - PLAY AND ARTS: This tour will explore how the community of Welwyn Garden City used leisure time during its 100-year history. An exhibition of the range of activities available will set the scene before we start out. During the tour we will visit The Barn Theatre and consider the opportunities for music, see examples of sportshorticulture and examine items of public art displayed in the town. Works will include Henry Moore, the new bronze statue of Ebenezer Howard, Ad Astra and other items. Delegates are also encouraged to visit the Maynard Gallery to see the display of work by local artists after the tours.

15:30

TOURS CONCLUDE AT THE CORONATION FOUNTAIN

Parkway at the intersection with Howardsgate 


The first 250 ticket holders will receive an exclusive Welwyn Garden City Gift Box delivered straight to their door! 

These celebratory gift boxes have been carefully curated with limited edition centenary gifts – including an original Welwyn Garden City print, mug, tote bag, artistic activities and challenges you can complete during the event, as well as special edition journal articles and souvenir guide.

*For online conference delegates. Postage to UK only. 


Delegate fees

Online conference – Wednesday 15 September 2021

£20+vat (£24) for TCPA Concessionary Members (retired, unwaged, student) & Welwyn Garden City residents

£50+vat (£60) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£90+vat (£108) for non-members

FREE for the first 30 TCPA Student Members

Study tours – Thursday 16 September 2021

£20+vat (£24) for TCPA Concessionary Members (retired, unwaged, student) & Welwyn Garden City residents

£50+vat (£60) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£80+vat (£96) for non-members

Both days - Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 September 2021

£35+vat (£42) for TCPA Concessionary Members (retired, unwaged, student) & Welwyn Garden City residents

£80+vat (£96) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£150+vat (£180) for non-members


Supporting this event

This event is being organised in partnership with the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation and is kindly being supported by the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust 

If you are interested in supporting this event please contact [email protected]


To find out about other centenary events, visit the WGC Centenary website

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