Chamberlain Lecture 2021 – Save the Date
After a year off Cratus is delighted to confirm that the third Chamberlain Lecture will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 7th July.
Following on from Lord Heseltine (2018) and Lord Kerslake (2019), this year’s confirmed guest speaker will be announced after the local elections in May.
We will be hosting the event in our new event studio near London Bridge. For those unable to join us the lecture will be live streamed and made available on demand after the event.
Invites to the live event and the broadcast will be sent out during May 2021.
If you have any questions about the Chamberlain Lecture or would like to find out more regarding other Cratus events please get in touch.
Why the Chamberlain Lecture?
Without doubt, Joseph Chamberlain was a hugely influential political figure of his time and, while we may not all agree on all that he stood for and campaigned on, it is in recognition of his contribution to local government that our lecture takes his name.
Chamberlain was passionate about social reform; on becoming Mayor of Birmingham he forcibly purchased two power and lighting companies on behalf of the council. Profits from that move enabled the City to buy out the local water companies and begin providing residents with a decent, non-contaminated supply of water.
The revenue generated allowed Chamberlain to not only ensure the price of gas kept falling but to continue his reforms – building Corporation Street to relieve traffic congestion and let in light and air into that densely populated area, investing in new housing to replace the slums as well as new sewers, libraries, swimming pools, a new museum and a new art gallery.
Everyone who will be present with us on the 7th July, either in the room or watching online, will have worked in or around local government through the Covid-19 period. All have contributed towards the betterment of public service like never before and, as the sector looks ahead, we feel sure Chamberlain’s response to criticism of his Radical Programme will resonate:
‘’If we fail, let us try again and again until we succeed’’.