Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter mingles Coventry’s long history from medieval wool town, to the home of Britain’s bicycle and car industries to twentieth century rebuilding after the Blitz and post-war wide-scale destruction of Coventry’s remaining medieval buildings. The home for our summit will be the beautiful St Mary’s Guildhall and the elegant Drapers’ Hall. Side by side, both face the stark ruins of the medieval St. Michael’s Cathedral, gutted by bombs on 14 November 1940 and the striking modernist cathedral by Basil Spence that arose to much acclaim besides its ashes. Please join us and explore the medieval streets of Coventry, the new network of bike lanes and the city that is evolving around them.
St Mary's Guildhall
St. Mary’s Guildhall, nestled in Coventry’s heart, is a rich witness to the medieval wool trade and the wealth it garnered as England provided much of medieval Europe with one of its most important commodities. First built in the 1340s, it served as a home to several of the city guilds who dominated and controlled medieval commerce. The stunning Great Hall will be home to our plenary sessions.
Built in the 1830s, the Greek Revival Drapers’ Hall has recently been refurbished by the marvellous Historic Coventry Trust who are our hosts. The basement served as an air raid shelter during the devastating air raids of 1940-41 before the building fell out of use for 30 years. Now repurposed, it serves as a striking backdrop for the Coventry Music Service and for us. Come and be part of the Drapers’ Hall’s future.