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