Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Barbara Brown: A special invitation...

In partnership with Design Manchester and the Friends of the Whitworth, we invite you to a very special Private View.

Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.

Thursday, March 16, 2017: 6.00-8.00pm 

Venue: The Whitworth
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

May
27
10:00 am10:00

GM10 Bus Tour - part 1

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part one from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 27 May 2017

Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

GM10 Bus tour -part 2

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part two from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 24 June 2017


Feb
23
5:45 pm17:45

Drawing the Modern: A viewing of the student work of Gordon Hodkinson

MMU Special Collections, Thursday 23rd February, 5.45pm

In Manchester in the middle of the twentieth century there were two schools of architecture. One was based at Owens College (The University of Manchester) and another at the College of Art - the Municipal School. At the Municipal School, under the direction of Douglas Jones, modernism was central to teaching and design in architecture. Gordon Hodkinson was a student between 1944 and 1951 and has recently donated his entire set of student drawings to Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

After graduation Gordon went on to work for Cruickshank & Seward where he was project architect for some of their best known work, under the direction of partner William Arthur Gibbon. Gordon designed the infinitely fine staircases at Renold House in Wythenshawe and set out the sweeping curves of the roof top plant room on the Renold Building at UMIST. Gibbon trained at Owens in classics and vernacular studies and in some senses one might view their association as the coming together of two schools; Gibbon’s sense of proportion never left him and Hodkinson’s technically informed modernism flowered in some of the finest mid-century buildings in Manchester.

In advance of a full exhibition of Gordon Hodkinson’s work (scheduled for September 2018) and in collaboration with MMU Special Collections we are hosting a small table-top viewing of some of Gordon’s drawings.

A selection of projects, from day designs to thesis schemes will be presented and Richard Brook, who has spent many hours with Gordon, will talk about the teaching and practice of modern architecture at the school and in the city during the 1940s and '50s.

Due to the nature of the space and the artefacts this event is limited to 20 places.

Members & Concs £4.00 / Non-members £5.00

Venue: MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,Sir Kenneth Green Library , All Saints Park, Manchester M15 6BH

 
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

John Grindrod in Sheffield

Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979.

Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

This event is free to attend but please register here.

Venue: Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, Sheffield, S3 7NA

Feb
3
6:00 pm18:00

Downtown is for People

Exhibition / Private View 6–9pm

Downtown is for People

K4 Architects 122 Fazeley Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 5RS

K4 Architects hosts The Modern Gazetteer, a Co.Lab project operating across the Schools of Architecture and Design and of Art at Birmingham City University. Seen from our studio window weekdays from 9am until 6pm, we present a critical visual exploration of some of Birmingham’s lost spaces.

More info

Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

John Grindrod in Liverpool

liverpool modernist society metropolitan cathedral photo jack hale.jpg

Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979. Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

Tickets: £5 non members. £4 Modernist Society members and concessions.

LJMU Students & staff - free to attend but due to capacity must register here.

Venue: Lecture room 1, Art and Design Academy Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5RD

Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

Tower Block Talk

Talk

We are excited to host a talk by Dr Miles Glendinning and Elin Jones from the University of Edinburgh about the Tower Block project.

"Tower Block is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, bringing together public engagement and an open source image archive in an attempt to emphasise the social and architectural importance of tower blocks, and to frame multi-storey social housing as a coherent and accessible nationwide heritage."

Thanks to the generosity of Sheppard Robson architects this event will be held in their offices on the 27th floor of City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza.

Numbers are very limited so book early.

Cost: £5 non members. £4 Modernist Society members and concessions.

Thursday January 19th 2017 - 6.30pm - 8pm

Venue : Sheppard Robson, Floor 27, City Tower, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 4BT

Tickets available here.

Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Modernist Society Christmas party/ Launch of Volume 6 of The Modernist / Launch of Kickstarter campaign for Manchester Modern book

Christmas do

Christmas do

Launch

Come join us for a pint of fine beer (other beverages are available) upstairs at the Piccadilly Tap in Gateway House and celebrate that most wonderful time of the year - the arrival of a new Modernist magazine.

We are entering our 6th year with a smashing new design. The quality content stays the same - as does the price. Be the first to hold issue 21 GOVERNMENT in your hot little hands.

The Moderrnist - Issue 21

The Moderrnist - Issue 21

We are also launching the Kickstarter appeal for our most ambitious project ever - Richard Brook's tour de force book Manchester Modern..

manchester Modern

manchester Modern

So - expect good booze, good company and our latest Modernist magazine.

If you wanted more - there will be a raffle with rare and exclusive Modernist prizes that money simply cant buy.

When: Thursday December 15th 2016 - 6.00pm - 8pm

Where: Piccadilly Tap (upstairs), Gateway House, Piccadilly Approach, M1 2GH

Free to attend but please RSVP here

See you there

Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Schulman

Screening

Visual Acoustics

The Manchester Modernist Society is proud to present a very rare screening of Visual Acoustics. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, an architectural photographer whose images did more to define the look of Mid Century Modernist architecture in the United States than anyone else.

This is a film that is as beautiful and seductive as both Shulman's images and the buildings he photographed. Essential viewing for fans of photography and Modernist architecture alike. 

Tickets: £5 full / £4 members & concs

When: Thursday 10th November at 6.30pm (starts 7.00pm)

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

Nov
1
11:00 am11:00

Modernists at the Walker

Event

The Modernist Society will be setting up stall at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 1st of November between 11am and 3pm to tell you a bit more about the things that we get up to.

This event will be on the same day as artist Mandy Payne and Head of Fine Art, Ann Bukantas hold an “In Conversation” discussion of Payne’s work whose interests lie in marginal spaces, places that are often maligned or thought to be devoid of traditional aesthetic beauty. Payne's work 'No Ball Games Here' featuring Sheffield's Park Hill Estate is currently featured in the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition. #ConcreteDay

This event is part of the John Moores Painting Prize event series.

Tues Nov 1st
Modernists in attendance 11am - 3pm
Artists Talk 1pm -2pm

Free to attend: More details:

 
Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

Scan the [Modernist] World

Event

Birmingham Modernist Society, in conjunction with the Modern Gazetteer (a Co.Lab project at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design), invites you to join them on Sunday 23rd October between 2-4pm in making digital records of the city as a contribution to an ongoing work entitled 'Expanded City'.

We will be using DSLRs and/or smartphones to create 'photogrammetry' sets which will be added to the 'Scan the World' platform where they will be turned into three dimensional models (subject to experimentation!). The intention, along with the production of architectural models using archival material from www.bfcaa.uk, the online archive of the Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association, is to record and document the city, questioning;

Is the city a collections of static ‘objects’ to be consumed and discarded or a dynamic shifting landscape;

How do we evaluate past, present and future built form and urban space in a city that is synonymous with innovation and prototypical urbanism?

What might the impact of urban regeneration be on our sense of collective citizenship and personal memory?

We hope you can join us for this experimental day celebrating our modernist city! We'll meet at the Rep on Centenary Square at 2pm on Sunday 23rd October.

Free to attend - please RSVP here.

 
Oct
15
Oct 16

Design City Fair / Manchester Print Fair

The Manchester Modernist Society and Modernist Magazine are once again joining the Manchester Print Fair who are celebrating their 5th Birthday in style, at Design Manchester 16, as part of Design City Fair.

The Manchester Print Fair have relocated to the stunning surrounds of The London Road Fire Station, where there will be more than 100 creatives over two days with G.F Smith, The Manchester Artist Book Fair and Hot Bed Press. As well as a schedule of workshops including screenprinting, letterpressing, book-binding, frame-making and a special origami workshop.

In the courtyard we will have music with local DJs alongside food and drink including a special festival beer with local brewery Alphabet.

We'll have some lovely new things to show you - come along and see our wares.

Saturday / Sunday 14th / 15th October 2016

10am - 5pm

Free Entry and a chance to see inside the magnificent London Road Fire Station

Sep
23
6:00 pm18:00

Municipal Dreams - Liverpool Social Housing

Talk

Municipal Dreams on Liverpool Social Housing

Liverpool, home of the first council housing in Britain. In 1869 St Martins cottages became the first municipal housing in the UK, Municipal Dreams will take us on a journey through the formative developments of the cities social housing from Victorian slum clearance to the 1930's proto-modern apartment blocks inspired by Karl Marx Hof in Vienna. Innovation and a search for new forms and construction techniques would be driven by an almost continuous housing shortage which, post 1945, reached crisis proportions.

Liverpool's response, as elsewhere in the country, was slum clearance and new town displacement, in a postscript to Municipal Dreams talk we will discuss the city's Modernist legacy and the role of the City Architects department under Dr Ronald Bradbury, City Architect and Director of Housing from 1949 to 1970.

Tickets: £4 full / £3 members & concs

When: Friday 23rd September at 6.00pm

Venue: Lecture Room 1, Ground Floor, John Lennon Art and Design Academy, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool John Moores University L3 5RD

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

 
Sep
16
6:30 pm18:30

Making Post-War Manchester - Vision of an Unbuilt City: Talk

Talk

Following on from their exhibition Making Post-War Manchester-Vision of an Unbuilt City held in June 2016, co-curators Richard Brook and Martin Dodge (from Manchester School of Architecture and the University of Manchester) will be talking about the 1950s and 1960s context of the the exhibition.

Martin's talk will be 'From Manufacturing Industries to a Services Economy: The Emergence of a 'New Manchester' in the Nineteen Sixties' whilst Richard will delve into (some of) the detail on the unbuilt schemes for the 6 Central Development Areas.

The exhibition catalogue is available to view or download here.

Tickets: £5 full / £4 members & concs

When: Friday 16th September at 6.30pm

Venue: The offices of BDP, 11 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JP (a short walk from the Ducie Street side of Piccadilly Station)

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

Thanks to:

Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

WE ARE MADE HERE

The Manchester Modernist Society and Modernist Magazine will be at Made Here, a new event showcasing designers, makers and creators at London Road Fire Station on Saturday 10th of September, with a full range of our modernist goodies.. and some new stuff to boot.

'Meet and buy from the people behind some of the finest hand made products in this great city. The Engine Room will showcase hand-crafted furniture, clothing, ceramics, prints and more whilst out in the courtyard they'll be local food and drink producers as well as DJs and bands performing throughout the day and into the evening.'

We are Made Here

Free entry and a chance to see inside the magnificent London Road Fire Station.

Aug
19
5:00 pm17:00

Back to Peckham: The Modernist Magazine at A.P.O.

Publishing Event

We're going back to our regular Summer haunt at Bold Tendencies in Peckham this August, but this year its a bit different, no Copeland Book Market but a new event A.P.O.  The Modernist will be making an appearance on the opening night at Show & Tell.

The opening night of About the Physical Object (APO) will be a one night only affair called: Show and Tell. A book fair, in which a wide variety of publishers display a wide variety disciplines on paper. Showing what they do and hopefully bringing along an artist or writer to do a book signing. Displaying In the hope of show the public that these books do not just come out of thin air. That there are individuals behind these words and pictures on the pages you read. So far, confirmed publishers consist of:

ABC, Bemojake, E.R.O.S. Journal, The Everyday Press, Fitzcarraldo editions, Loose Joints, Oddeye press, Nousvous, The Modernist, Morel Books, Rick Pushinsky / Hunter and James, South London Gallery, Hoxton Mini-press, The Plantation Journal, Trolley Books.

A.P.O. About Physical Object, a new eventhere to explore the physical aspects of book in all desired disciplines. Ranging from traditional publishing to performance arts.  Mini-click and Libreria/Robin Linde Production curate the Saturday and Sundays episodes, which will consist of unorthodox activities of producing publications of one kind or another. The events concentrate on the idea of the physical nature of publishing, photography and literature: All within the idea of the book and the physical object.

Free entry:

Show & Tell: August 19th 5pm - 9pm

at

Bold Tendencies, Levels 7-10, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15, 4TG

Aug
18
2:00 pm14:00

Manchester Modernist Heroines

Walk

image courtesy the Mitzi Cunliffe estate.

image courtesy the Mitzi Cunliffe estate.

Manchester’s Modernist Heroines is a collaboration between Manchester Modernist Society, Shrieking Violet arts and culture zine and The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement).  It was borne out of frustration that women are almost invisible in the history of 20th century Manchester.

We went on a quest, asking people to nominate remarkable women they wanted to celebrate and we uncovered many fascinating stories.  The emphasis of the project was on women with connections to the North West who made outstanding contributions to areas of work traditionally deemed male.  Those focused on during the walk span the fields of invention, aviation, media, science, design and architecture.  The first tour took place in 2011 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

A partnership approach was, and is, central to this project.  Manchester Modernist Society exists to raise awareness and appreciation of modern architecture and the urban environment through walks, talks and creative collaborations.  A special edition of Shrieking Violet was produced including creative responses to the subject.

The LRM have created a tour linking spaces associated with, or influenced by, this work. There are no blue plaques or stately homes on this tour; there is an absence of official monuments so we look for echoes, influences and wider legacies.  To The LRM history is permeable, participatory and opinionated, so please bring stories to share along the way.

Expect a guided walk that is equal measures of performance, rant, tribute and tour.

The small but important print: Please be advised this walk contains explicit feminist geography, frank discussion of sex, disability, abortion and swearing.  If you have any queries or concerns please contact loitering2016@gmail.com.

Full details here.

Aug
4
6:30 pm18:30

John Grindrod Talk: Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain (Manchester)

Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979. Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

£5 full / £4 members & concs

When: 4th August 2016 at 6.30pm

Venue: Man Met Uni at 70 Oxford Street (formerly Cornerhouse Building)

Jul
23
10:30 am10:30

LOVE POMO (MANCHESTER)

Walk

Love it or loathe it.. we are not going to ignore it..

This may not not turn into a long love affair with Post Modernism but just see it as a brief flirtation and a one off date. Whether we swap numbers and never call each other again or we get into a taxi and go home for a nightcap is entirely up to you.

This will be a walk of two halves. In the morning we shall wander through Manchester city centre looking at the good, the bad and the ugly. We shall break for lunch and then travel by Metrolink (replacement bus) to Salford Quays to see some of the corporate excesses of the 1980s and the magnificent swansong of one of PoMo's greatest exponents James Stirling - The Lowry.

We shall break for lunch at HOME at around 12.30 and travel to Salford Quays via Deansgate tram stop at around 1.30 - Metrolink fare not included in cost of the event - please make your own arrangements for this - an adult return to MediaCity is £3. We shall be finished at around 3.30pm

There is a free 'I Love PoMo' badge for all attendees

Click here for tickets £5 full / £4 members & concs

Meet at 10.30am at Factory 251 on the corner of Charles Street and Princess Street (M1 7EN)

Jul
16
10:30 am10:30

C20 Society: Coach Tour of Modernist Architecture & Design in Lancaster and Morecambe

Our friends at the Twentieth Century Society NW Group have an event coming up...

Lancaster is predominantly Georgian and stone-built, whilst the neighbouring Victorian seaside resort of Morcambe boasts spectacular views over the Bay. Led by Aidan Turner-Bishop and Matthew Schofield of the North West Group, this will be a day trip to visit the surprisingly rich bits of modern architecture and design to be found there. We will start at the splendid Grade II* listed Midland Hotel, Morecambe by Oliver Hill- one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in England, with decorations by Gill and Ravilious. For a wander round its elegant interiors.

In Lancaster we plan to visit the innovative University Chaplaincy building, Roger Booth’s County College buildings and the little gem that is the Ruskin Library. Also, the 1960s Pop Architecture of the Library and Chapel at the former St Martin’s College and Tom Mellor’s St Bernardette’s church with its arresting full-height semi-abstract reredos by John Piper. Then we’re off to the Westfield War Memorial Village, built as ‘homes fit for heroes’ for returning soldiers after World War One complete with a moving war memorial centre piece.

This event is organised by The Twentieth Century Society North West Group

C20 Soc. Members £25.00 / Non Members £30.00

More details & tickets via their website here.

Jul
14
6:30 pm18:30

BRUTALISM TALK (SHEFFIELD): CHRISTOPHER BEANLAND: CONCRETE CONCEPT

Join author of Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World and novel The Wall in The Head, Christopher Beanland, for a talk about the world's most awe-inspiring and controversial Brutalist buildings, including Sheffield's Park Hill. Followed by a conversation with the National Trust's Joe Watson about what makes Brutalism such a hotly contested architectural style.

Tickets can be bought via this link above. Full price is £6 or £4 concessionary price for residents of the Manor Castle ward on presentation of a utility bill, students, OAPs, job-seekers, members of the National Trust and of Sheffield Modernist Society.

Presented by S1 Artspace: S1 ARTSPACE is a gallery & studio complex that provides studio spaces for over 20 artists and presents an annual programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions, residencies screenings and events. OPEN: Wed - Sat | 12 - 6pm

NB - Christopher Beanland will be giving a talk in Manchester for the Manchester Modernist Society in September.

Christopher has also written in the current issue of our magazine The Modernist.

Venue: The Arts Tower (Sheffield School of Architecture)

Tickets: here

Jun
11
10:30 am10:30

Making Post-War Manchester - Walk

Walk

In conjunction with the exhibition Making Post-War Manchester at The Manchester Technology Centre, Oxford Road the Manchester Modernist Society will be hosting a walk around the Education Precinct and Oxford Road looking at some of the sites and areas featured in the models.

We will look at some of the buildings that were built to the masterplan and attempt to envisage, with the help of the exhibition, some of the buildings that were not.  Past, present and future - all in one walk.

The walk is free but please only sign up if you fully intend to come to this event. The Manchester Modernist Society attempt to be fully inclusive and try to offer events for free where possible. Signing up and not turning up prevents other keen members, who did not get a place, from attending. 

Register here

Thank you

Please meet at Manchester Technology Centre, Oxford Road at 10.30am

The walk will last approx 2 hours

Jun
4
Jun 23

Making Post-War Manchester

Visions of an Unmade City

Exhibition

Oxford House / Manchester Technology Centre (next to former BBC site), Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED

General admission June 6 - 23, 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (and Saturdays 4th & 11th June only)

We think we are familiar with Manchester’s skyline and city centre landmarks. But what about the alternative Manchester that might have been?

During the 1960s a vision of Manchester was being drawn up by property developers and town hall planners that only existed in architects drawings and consultant’s reports and was never realized in concrete and steel.

Manchester was booming and vast swaths of the city centre were scheduled for redevelopment for entertainment, shopping, education, office complexes and transportation. But as with many master plans, only portions of what was designed were actually built.

“The scale of development was overwhelming, almost the entire city centre was re planned”, says curator Richard Brook, Principal Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture, noting that “six comprehensive development areas allowed developers to forget the piecemeal approach of the past, and to think big!”

In this exhibition, for the first time, visitors will be able to encounter the ‘unmade city’ – the master plans as they were intended to be. With guidance from the curators, five teams of Masters students from the Manchester School of Architecture have drawn from detailed maps, plans, sketches and archival sources to design and build 3D models of parts of the city that can be navigated using game controllers.

The original visions included wide areas of elevated pedestrian landscapes and sunken dual carriageways carving through the city, heliports, moving pavements and new transport infrastructure. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to walk, run and jump around these recreated visions and imagine the city as it never became.

“It was widely believed that the helicopter would make a big change to commuting in the 1960s”, according to University of Manchester geographer Dr Martin Dodge, “but they proved to be too expensive and too noisy to fly passengers into rooftop helipads.”

According to University of Manchester computer scientist Kevin Tan: “Game environments are becoming more versatile and this projectthe forthcoming explosion of virtual reality and its wider application in all sorts of areas. Architecture is just one of the subject areas that we are working in.”

The five sites are the Cathedral area shopping zone, Central Station, Lower Mosley Street, the Education Precinct down Oxford Rd to the University and a proposed entertainment district between St Peters Square and Piccadilly.

There will be a free walking tour on Saturday, June 11. Also on display will be a website that explains the detailed history of each site, what was there before the 1960s, what was planned and what was eventually built. Images of archival material will also be shown to reveal the leading edge urban design of the period in all of its utopian optimism.

“The streets in the sky proposed for all over central Manchester were intended as new, clean and traffic free spaces for the future citizens” says Jack Hale, director of the Modernist Society "but our walking tour will be down on the ground."

The exhibition has been conceived and curated by Richard Brook, Kevin Tan and Martin Dodge in collaboration with The Modernist Society. Richard is a Principal Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University, Kevin is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Game Design and Development and Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Manchester School of Environment, Education and Development. The exhibition will be presented as part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

The exhibition is generously supported by Bruntwood and will be presented as part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

 

The exhibition has also been supported by the Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, The Manchester School of Architecture, Hawkins Brown and BDP.

May
26
7:00 pm19:00

THE NORTHERN ROOTS OF PARKER AND UNWIN

Talk

Our friends at The Victorian Society invite you to join them for this lecture by Mervyn Miller about the practice of Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin best known for the master planning and enlightened housing of Letchworth Garden City and Hampstead Garden Suburb.

The lecture will be illustrated by contemporary photographs from The Parker Collection at The Garden City Collection, curated by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. The Parker material was sorted and collated by Parker’s widow Mabel, in her eighties, encouraged by the American sociologist Lewis Mumford, who had a high opinion of Parker’s capabilities as an architect-planner and visited him a few weeks before Parker died in February 1947.

Dr Mervyn Miller has studied and written about the work of Parker and Unwin and the Garden City movement for over 40 years, including the histories of Letchworth and Hampstead Garden Suburb, the biography of Raymond Unwin, and the recent English Heritage book on Introducing Garden Cities. As Parker Scholar at The Garden City Collection he is working on a book which will focus on the house designs of Barry Parker, the 150th anniversary of whose birth falls in November 2017.

Venue: Friend’s Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.

Cost: £8 on the door. Hosted by The Victorian Society

May
19
5:30 pm17:30

A VISIT TO "PROJECTING BRITISH DESIGN: THE DESIGN COUNCIL SLIDE COLLECTION IN FOCUS"

On Thursday 19th May we will have special access to the wonderful Projecting British Design: the Design Council Slide Collection in focus exhibition at the MMU Special Collections.

As well as browsing the exhibition we will be treated to a talk by John Davis, the curator of the exhibition and former custodian of the MMU Visual Resources Centre. The Visual Resources collection was transferred last year from the School of Art into the Special Collections after a period of uncertainty and now, hopefully, it has found a safe, permanent home. John will explain some of the background of the Design Council, its slide collection and how the MMU came to acquire this very rare and fascination collection. 

It is not only a rich visual treat but offers a fascinating parallel narrative to British post war history.

The exhibition is not on for long so we are very lucky to get this chance to explore it.

The event is free but spaces are limited so we ask you book a place. If you book and cannot come please let us know as not to deny someone else a rare space. 

Please book here

We shall meet at 5.30 for a talk from John Davis at 6pm on Thursday 19th May at

MMU Special Collections  Sir Kenneth Green Library All Saints Manchester M15 6BH

If you aren't an MMU student you will have to be asked to be let in. 

May
14
12:00 pm12:00

Liverpool Campus Walk

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Walk

The Liverpool Modernist Society presents its first event with a walk around the University campus concentrating on the products of Liverpool University's extensive 1960's building programme and its associated percent for art policy taking in buildings by Lasdun, Spence, Drew & Fry, Tom Mellor and art works by Mitzi Cunliffe, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth and Hubert Dalwood.

The walk will run for about one and a half hours and is free to attend but you need to register here.

Meet on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral at 11.45 am.

 

May
1
12:00 pm12:00

Glasgow Zine Fest

We can hardly contain our excitement about visiting one of our favourite cities to attend the Glasgow Zine Fest on the 1st of May. We'll be there with our Modernist publishing hat on bringing The Modernist Magazine and other printy stuff to the good folk of Glasgow.

'Glasgow Zine Fest brings together makers and lovers who get down with DIY. Self-publishing, good tunes, and rad food.'

So, get yourselves down there.

Free entry: The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

Apr
17
11:00 am11:00

RADCLIFFE SOS

Walk

Shake a leg - spring is here and there's just weeks now to celebrate a modernist gem before it is torn down. Radcliffe Civic Suite will be demolished by end of April as "it isn't used enough" and the site will be redeveloped for housing.

The Civic Suite was praised by Pevsner and it is a 1974 design by John Sheard of Cruickshank & Seward.

But there's more to Radcliffe than the Civic Suite, we'll also be taking in the Art Deco office block fronting a former engineering works at the top of Bridgefield Street, the 1968 St Thomas Estate, also by Sheard -  with Wilson & Womersley and the swimming pool of 1968 by William Gower.

We have special access to the Civic Suite - hence the early start, and your illustrious guides for the day will be Rob Trueblood and Richard Brook.

£3.50 full / £2.50 members & concs

Meet up at the Metro station at 11.00

SOLD OUT

**NB - we have belatedly found out that Metro Engineering works mean there will be no Metro runnng on this date. A bus replecement will be in operation - please make your travel arrangements accordingly**. See here.

Apr
3
2:00 pm14:00

Sheffield City Walk

Walk

Sunday 3rd April 2016. 2.00pm (Members Only)

Meet at rear of Sheffield Station (in front of the South Street Park sign at the bottom of the Steel Steps)

Join Sheffield Modernist Society for their first official event and meet other new members on an afternoon walk around Sheffield.

Starting at the recently landscaped South Street Park below Park Hill flats, the walk will take in the key Modernist buildings of the city centre before visiting a masterclass in the International Style at the nearby University campus, finishing at 4:00pm at the tram network's University station.

Those who wish to continue the discussion are welcome to join Andrew and Nick of Sheffield Modernist Society for post-walk drinks at a suitably twentieth century venue.

The route involves moderate up and downhill sections.

NB - this is free event for (Manchester & Sheffield) Modernist Soc Members only - reserve your free place here

Mar
12
10:30 am10:30

A wander around Oldham with the Twentieth Century Society NW group

WALK

An invitation from the C20 Society NW Group: Meet at 10.30 by the town centre exit of Oldham Central Metrolink station. This station is served by the G, H and I trams.

After this we shall have a visit round the Queen Elizabeth Hall of 1977, with its wonderfully intact interior (little open these days), as part of the Oldham Beer Festival, where we can enjoy some lovely modernist architecture with some real ale. Also included, we shall visit Gallery Oldham with its current exhibition, Sculpting Stories, We will also look at the Civic Centre, former Magistrates Court- St Mary’s Church (if we can get in) and whatever else we discover- this is an expedition more than a tour.

No need to RSVP or book a place.

Free of charge, just turn up at the right time and place!

If you are lost on the day give Matthew Schofield a call 07432 105 356

This is a C20 Society NW Group event.

Mar
5
10:00 am10:00

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair

Event

We'll be peddling our Modernist wares at the Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair this March. Come along and see us alongside sixty other print purveyors.. not to mention the fabulous Hepworth Gallery and exhibitions.

We will bring along our printed publications about Modernist and Brutalist Architecture, the latest issue of The Modernist Magazine, as well as some back issues in case you missed them, and some of our badges and postcards.

'The Hepworth Wakefield’s popular Print Fair returns in March 2016 with a host of supporting events which celebrate the art of printmaking. Held in The Calder, our converted mill space and featuring over 40 printmakers, collectives and galleries handpicked from around the UK, the fair will provide a friendly atmosphere for both budding collectors and seasoned print enthusiasts to engage with all things print.'

Free entry: The Hepworth Wakefield