Can Stoke-on-Trent make you happy?

Matthew Rice gave a very entertaining public lecture entitled ‘Can Stoke-on-Trent make you happy?’ on Tuesday 11th, part of the University’s Centenary series.  Matthew pointed to some other European cities which have pulled themselves out of the post-industrial doldrums, discussed Stoke’s industrial and domestic architectural heritage in terms of its emotional significance for the local population, and suggested that artists could act as the “stormtroopers of regeneration”!  The next lecture in this series is by TV historian Professor Michael Wood and is entitled ‘Does History Matter?’  For further details go to: