Lord Mayor’s Medals awarded to champions of Bristol architecture and heritage

Awarded for outstanding voluntary contribution to the city.

We are delighted to share that David Mellor and Penny Mellor each received the Lord Mayor’s Medal for their respective charitable and voluntary work championing Bristol’s architecture and heritage.

They were among 21 people awarded, acknowledged for dedicating their time to promoting the city, supporting their community, charity fundraising and tackling issues such as the housing crisis, unemployment and inequality.

The Awards Ceremony took place at the Mansion House last week (Thursday 22 March) with the Lord Mayor’s Medal Citation reading for David Mellor:

David Mellor – for his charitable work championing better buildings in Bristol

For more than 20 years David, of Kingsdown, has chaired the board of the Architecture Centre in Bristol and championed having good contemporary buildings and a better built environment. He helped it to achieve Arts Council status as a National Portfolio Organisation and although he has passed on the role of chair, he remains a strong supporter of the charity.

David Mellor’s contribution and commitment to the Architecture Centre is unquestionable. One of the original founders of the Architecture Centre, David Mellor set up the Centre in 1996 with the objective of promoting a greater understanding and enjoyment of architecture. For twenty subsequent years he championed its vision as Chair of Trustees, stepping down in October 2016 and remaining a keen supporter of its work. We are deeply indebted to David Mellor and are delighted that his work has been acknowledged.

Separately, the citation for Penny Mellor read:

Penny Mellor – for her voluntary work to promote Bristol and its history

Penny, of Kingsdown, established the Bristol Doors Open Day, which is an annual event whereby buildings and places of interest across the city open their doors to the public to celebrate, for free, Bristol’s heritage, community and history. Since 1994 she has organised Bristol Doors Open Day alongside a small team of volunteers and 80 venues now take part. Penny no longer runs the event but remains a very active supporter.

In 2014 Penny Mellor passed the mantle of Bristol Doors Open Days to the Architecture Centre, bestowing the much loved festival to the Centre in order for us to continue its mission of celebrating the city’s architecture, history and culture. Five years on and the festival has grown to over 100 citywide venues; opening the doors to city icons and hidden gems and welcoming over 70,000 visits during the September weekend. The Architecture Centre is grateful to Penny Mellor for bestowing this wonderful city-wide initiative with the Centre.

The award follows the acknowledgement last year of the Architecture Centre’s Head of Learning & Participation, Amy Harrison, who was also awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal for outstanding voluntary contribution to her local community last year, April 2017. Read more.