September Event: Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture

For our September event, on 12th September, we are collaborating with the organisers of the Margaret Henry Memorial lecture to promote this event to the members of the Newcastle Institute and to our email list.

The inaugural Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture will honour the memory of the prominent Newcastle activist who served two terms as a councillor on Newcastle City Council. Renew Newcastle founder, and Patron of the Newcastle Institute, Marcus Westbury will present the lecture, Community, Democracy and Change: Reclaiming Newcastle’s Future.

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom will host the free event.

Please note that this event will be held at Newcastle City Hall

In introducing the event, the Newcastle Herald had this to say on August 21st:

“RENEW Newcastle founder Marcus Westbury will deliver the first Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture next month. 

Westbury said delivering the inaugural lecture, titled Community, Democracy and Change: Reclaiming Newcastle’s Future, was an honour. 

“She was courageous, passionate and determined,” he said.” She was not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for those without a voice.

“There is no-one I would feel prouder to honour. I’m lucky to have met her and proud to get a chance to acknowledge her.” 

The lecture was organised by loved ones and friends of Ms Henry, a former deputy mayor and community campaigner who was posthumously made a Freeman of the City in 2016. 

OBITUARY: Margaret Henry

Her daughter Catherine said the lecture would become an annual event. 

“In the lead-up to this event and generally, people say their lives have been deeply enriched by having known mum,” she sad. 

The lecture is from 6pm on September 12 at Newcastle City Hall.

Entry is free but requires registration at “

Open to the Public – All welcome



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