Cov le­gend could be face of new £50

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By JOHN CAR­LON

AR­CHIV­ISTS at Coven­try Univer­sity are be­hind a bid to put a hero of the city’s in­dus­try on the new £50 note.

The univer­sity, formerly the Lanch­ester Polytech­nic, has started a cam­paign to hon­our en­gi­neer Fred­er­ick Lanch­ester by hav­ing him as the face of the £50.

Coven­try Univer­sity his­to­ri­ans work­ing in the Lanch­ester In­ter­ac­tive Archive have started the cam­paign to recog­nise Fred­er­ick Lanch­ester for his pi­o­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Bri­tish mo­tor in­dus­try.

Jacque­line Caw­ston, Lanch­ester In­ter­ac­tive Archive project di­rec­tor, said: “Fred­er­ick Lanch­ester is a Coven­try and a Mid­lands legacy.

“We want to see his name cel­e­brated and what bet­ter way than as be­ing the face of the new £50 note.

“He was a true ge­nius, and pi­o­neered so many in­ven­tions years ahead of their time, many of which are still in use to­day.

“Coven­try was where Fred and his broth­ers based their mo­tor car com­pany and we want that her­itage to be cel­e­brated, es­pe­cially as we ap­proach the City of Cul­ture year.”

The Coven­try-based Lanch­ester Mo­tor Com­pany was founded by Fred­er­ick Lanch­ester and his broth­ers Frank and Ge­orge; they built the first all-Bri­tish four­wheel mo­tor car in 1895.

The Lanch­ester In­ter­ac­tive Archive, funded through the Her­itage Lot­tery and based at Coven­try Univer­sity’s Lanch­ester Li­brary, is the world’s big­gest col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial ded­i­cated to its name­sake.

The per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion space has been de­signed to pre­serve and pro­mote Fred’s legacy to stu­dents and mem­bers of the pub­lic all year round.

The Bank of Eng­land closes nom­i­na­tions on De­cem­ber 14 - it said any sci­en­tists on the list for con­sid­er­a­tion must be real and dead.

Names can be any­one who has fur­thered the field of science.

Steam en­gine builders James Watt and Matthew Boul­ton are on the cur­rent £50, is­sued in 2011.

The cur­rent book­ies favourite is Stephen Hawk­ing with odds of 5/4 at Wil­liam Hill, fol­lowed by No­bel-prize win­ning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin 4/1.­[email protected]­

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