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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

(Wladyslaw) Konrad Smigielski (1908–1999)

In Leicester in the early 1960s, the Polish-born town planner Konrad Smigielski, attempted a radical approach to the challenge of motor traffic in Britain’s cities, with a single inner motorway, and public transport in the city centre. His major achievement proved to be the restoration of the city’s Georgian promenade.




FEBRUARY 14, 2019

What's New: February 2019?

The latest update adds the lives of 10 of the urban planners responsible for the redevelopment of Britain’s cities after 1945, and is curated by Professor Otto Saumarez Smith.

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

LGBT History Month 2019

Celebrate LGBT History Month with the ODNB.

JANUARY 10, 2019

2019 Update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

 Meet the 226 men and women who died in the year 2015.