Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England and President of the Royal Television Society, was the guest speaker at the 2014 Evelyn Waugh Lecture at Lancing College on May 1.
This year’s lecture, entitled “The Drain Brain,” focused on Sir Peter’s great-great-grandfather, Sir Joseph William Bazalgette (1819–1891), who was the chief engineer of London’s Metropolitan Board of Works. Sir Joseph is known for being responsible for the creation of a sewer network for central London in response to the ‘Great Stink’ in summer 1858.
Now in its sixth year, the Evelyn Waugh Lecture honours one of Lancing’s most illustrious old boys and is followed by a dinner for members of the Lancing Foundation to thank them for their loyalty and generosity to the College. Previous years’ guest speakers have been Sir David Hare, Alexander Waugh, Christopher Hampton CBE FRSL, the Reverend Professor Richard Griffiths, and Derek Granger with Anthony Andrews.