Upcoming Events

May 2024

Wednesday 29/05

14:00 – 15:30
Visit to St. Barbara's Church

June 2024

Friday 14/06

All Day
CovSoc Visit to Pershore

Saturday 15/06

All Day
Civic Day

Monday 17/06

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

Thursday 20/06

14:30 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Warwick University

July 2024

Monday 15/07

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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Thursday 18/07

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Maxstoke Castle tbc

August 2024

Friday 02/08

09:00 – 11:00
Visit to Finham Sewage Works
Finham Sewage Works

Thursday 08/08

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Sherbourne Valley Project

Monday 19/08

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

September 2024

Sunday 15/09

All Day
HOD at Draper's Hall

Wednesday 18/09

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting

Monday 23/09

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

October 2024

Wednesday 09/10

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 14/10

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

Saturday 19/10

All Day
Heritage Conference

November 2024

Wednesday 06/11Friday 08/11

Feister gathering

Wednesday 13/11

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 18/11

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 16/12

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 20/01

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 17/02

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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March 2025

Wednesday 12/03

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 17/03

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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April 2025

Wednesday 09/04

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc AGM

Monday 14/04

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

May 2025

Wednesday 14/05

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 19/05

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

Michael Furrell – Flywheel

Michael Furrell - Flywheel 

‘Flywheel’ by Michael Farrell was part of the ‘On the Town’ Midland View 4 Sculpture Show which was held in Coventry from 12th September – 31st October 1987. It was created in situ in ‘Speakers Corner’ opposite the Council House in Earl Street. One of our committee members recalls watching the sculptor create the work with a hammer and chisel from a large block of stone, watched by dozens of Council employees on their lunch break. After the exhibition the sculpture was retained in the same location. 

The sculpture has the appearance of a spinning wheel running against a current of water or waves. Marks in the stone give the appearance of movement. Although it’s an abstract form, it has the appearance of a shell or fossil but at the same time it has a turbine or flywheel feel about it.

Michael Farrell was born in Paisley in 1964 and was educated at St. Helen’s College of Art and Design, Birmingham Polytechnic, obtaining a BA in Fine Art.

Speaker's Corner

The sculpture stayed in ‘Speaker’s Corner’ for 26 years but it never looked right in this location. It was not large and only stood a bit higher than the wall behind it. It was between benches and under trees and the sap from the trees would fall on it making the piece look dirty and unloved. The area was very popular for political speeches and demonstrations, but not many people noticed it. In 2015 the City Council re-modelled the landscaped area in front of the Council House and the opportunity was taken to relocate the sculpture.

Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner during the reconstruction. The wall and treeshave been bulldozed after the sculpture and benches were taken away.

Speaker's Corner

The cleaned sculpture in its new and more prominant location at the other end of the lawn in front of the new Council Offices.  

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