Manchester Modern Churches

07.07.18. Tour with Art+Christianity 

Manchester Cathedral

St Michael & All Angels, Northern Moor

William Temple Church, Wythenshawe

All Saints & Martyrs, Langley

Manchester Modernist Churches - A Coach Trip

Manchester Cathedral

The large modern stained glass windows are part of the post-war refurbishment work. These are the work of Antony Holloway  8 March 1928 - 9 August 2000. He was born and grew up in Dorset and educated there at Poole Grammar School and Bournemouth College of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art in London.

St. Denys Window 1976

St Mary Window 1980

Creation Window 1991

Revelation Window 1995

The Fire Window 1966 is by Margaret Traherne 23 November 1919 - 30 June 2006, which is at the end of the chapel dedicated to the Manchester Regiment. She was born Hazel Wilkes in Westcliff-on-Sea, in 1936 she went to Croydon School of Art, where her talent was nurtured by Ruskin Spear. 

The most recent addition is – The Hope Window by Alan Davis – installed in October last year and dedicated in December.

Church of St Michael and All Angels Northern Moor

This is an Anglican church of 1935-7 by N.F.Cachemaille-Day. Pevsner describes the church as "sensational for its country and its time”.

The church was designated a Grade II* listed building on 16 January 1981. The Corporation of Manchester acquired the Wythenshawe Estate in 1926 and began laying out the garden suburb in 1930. Covering 5,000 acres, it was eventually to have 25,000 houses and a population of 100,000. The garden suburb was designated part of the parish of Church of St Wilfrid, Northenden - but that small parish church proved insufficient to accommodate the rising congregation. A mission church was therefore opened in 1934, and in 1935 the diocese approved plans for the construction of a new parish church at Orton Road, the budget was £10,000. 

Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day 1896–1976 was appointed as architect for both the church and the adjoining parsonage. The foundation stone for the church was laid on 8 May 1937, by the Bishop of Manchester. The builder was J. Clayton and Sons of Denton. The plan of the church is a star, comprising two inter-locked squares. It is built of red brick in English bond with some stone dressings. The roof is flat with a cross in the centre.
It has an ingenious plan with lofty columns supporting a flat ribbed roof.

The stained glass is by Geoffrey Webb 1879 1954, he lived and worked in the centre of East Grinstead at the height of his career and is noted among enthusiasts of fine glass for his use of brilliant blues. In his early career he worked with Charles Eamer Kempe, the most prolific and best-known stained glass artist of his generation. Webb’s work can also be found in many other places around the UK including Tewkesbury Abbey, and in Daresbury parish church in Cheshire where he designed a memorial window in honour of Lewis Carroll.

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William Temple Church Wythenshawe

The Anglican Church of William Temple was opened in 1965 on the corner of Robinswood Road and Simonsway as the church of the Civic Centre. The mission was already well-established, having begun many years previously in Shadow Moss School Room, latterly operating in a dual-purpose building on Simonsway. The architect, George Pace, agreed with the proviso that he should not design a 'pseudo' building, but that it should be modern in concept. This he did and particular attention was paid to the acoustics with a view to music and drama being performed there. There is a lettered stone is on the back wall of the church and it has on it the date of the consecration and a symbol, which is Pace's original sign for William Temple Church.

The internal supports of the church are black-painted steel girders, not romantically symbolising the industry of the area, as it is sometimes said, but because when it was discovered that the church had been built on swampy ground an extra £2,000 was needed for foundations; the wooden beams of the original design had to be changed for cheaper steel ones. There is symbolism, however, in the placing of the font between and beneath the three main weight-bearing supports of the church.

The pews have an interesting history, having been brought from derelict churches in and around Manchester. The present lady churchwarden said:
“whenever we heard of a church being demolished we borrowed Mr. Owen's coal cart and went off to see if we could buy any of the pews. Many times I've sat on the back of the wagon, in the pouring rain, with the pews, bringing them back to Wythenshawe to be stored until our church building was completed!”

Some time after the building was opened a fire damaged some of the pews. With the insurance money all the pews were stripped and bleached, giving an element of uniformity and a bright welcoming atmosphere in the church generally. An interesting thought was voiced that as many people living in Wythenshawe now had their origins near to the centre of Manchester they may be sitting in the same pews in which their ancestors once sat.

Historic England

Modern Mooch

All Saints and Martyrs - Langley Middleton

Consecrated in 1964, All Saints and Martyrs is home to the Langley Cross. This unique structure, which adorns our east wall, is the work of Geoffrey Clarke RA 28 November 1924 – 30 October 2014. Clarke was a student of Ronald Grimshaw and attended the Royal College of Art in 1948 after serving in the RAF. He received the silver medal at the Milan Triennale for a collaboration with the designer, Robin Day. He was part of a group of artists including Lynn Chadwick, Reg Butler and Kenneth Armitage who in 1952 was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. They were described by art critic Herbert Read as the geometry of fear sculptors. He was commissioned to create the cross of nails for Coventry Cathedral and also worked on three of the nave windows between 1957 and 1962. 
Clarke’s cross portrays the brutality of the ancient Roman practice of crucifixion yet at the same time seems to interpret this in a more modern context, as the shape of a rifle can clearly be seen within the design in the top section of the transverse shafts - symbolic of one of the modern instruments of execution. The harshness and the brutality seen in the rugged structure of the Langley Cross, which is made in rough cast aluminium, serves to remind us of the harshness and brutality of the Cross on Golgotha. 

The sculpture itself is 37 feet high and about 20 feet wide at the extremities of the transverse shaft and made of cast aluminium metal.

The cross is interpreted as a road, railway and also a ladder, which may climbed by the five steps; and a narrow path leads on upwards beyond the centre on the Cross itself. Some people see in the central void a picture of the empty tomb, which, with the simple white cross inside it, symbolises the two keystones of our faith - the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Others see "the stone rolled away" as the consecrated bread being placed into an outstretched palm, representing our Lord's offering of himself for us on the cross and to us in the Holy Sacrament - "This is my Body which is given for you..."

All Saints & Martyrs

Many thanks to all the churches for welcoming us so generously, also to Steve Marland for coordination and notes and to Arts+Christianity for co-hosting.

Leaving the Toastrack

During our residency at Manchester Metropolitan University Hollings Campus, in the final days, as the staff were packing up to leave for the last time, these photos were taken on a tiny camera phone. 


The Life of Buildings - photo what?

As preparatory work continues on The Life of Buildings, an experimental collaborative project with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Central Reference Library's Archives+ to digitally capture Manchester's Jacksons Row Synagogue, this zippy little film has emerged and its all to do with photogrammetry.

Photo what? I hear you yell at your telephone. Photogrammetry... its the use of photography in surveying and mapping to ascertain measurements between objects. The team have been snapping, measuring and even filming from a drone.

These images weren't really intended to be viewed as part of the project but as they give us an extraordinary view inside the synagogue, we thought you might enjoy having a look, so set aside 51 seconds of your day, sit back and press play.

From The Archives : Limited Edition Box Set

The full collection of our From The Archives series in a special limited edition presentation box.

From The Archives is a collaboration with the MMU Special Collections presenting images from their Visual Resources Library slide collection.

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Together with Dr Richard Brook we have curated a series of 6 photobooks each focussing on post war new towns and social housing. The majority of these images are rarely seen and have never been in print before. The images are historical, from the 1960s and 70s, and were scanned from the original slides.

The individual books are beautifully litho printed in full colour and are themselves limited edition.

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We will be releasing one book a month for the next 6 months but you have the chance to get all six before everyone else by buying this lovely box set - hand numbered and limited to 100.  The indivdual releases will be £7 each so the box set also offers a substantial saving on the combined price.

The individual titles are:



Hyde Park Sheffield




Cost of Limited Edition Box Set : £35 plus p&p

From The Archives avaiilable here

Full Colour Litho Print on Munken Smooth supplied by G F Smith

Curated by Dr Richard Brook and The Modernist Society

Designed by Birthday

Printed by Evolution Print


148 x 210 mmm A5

Supplied in strong cardboard presentation box - stickered and hand numbered

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Celebrating Mitzi Cunliffe: Sculptor


2018 is the centenary of the birth of the architectural sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe.  Her most famous creation is the iconic mask trophy for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, a constant feature of the British media landscape for over sixty years. The Twentieth Century Society (C20) and the Manchester Modernist Society are launching a fundraising campaign to commemorate her achievements by:

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The Twentieth Century Society (C20) and the Manchester Modernist Society are launching a fundraising campaign to commemorate her achievements by:

  • Installing a civic plaque on her former house and studio in Manchester.
  • Hosting a talk/lecture about this neglected artist, designer and teacher.
  • Many of her works are still in situ today so we will create an online sculpture trail of her work in the Manchester area.


Mitzi Cunliffe (1918 – 2006)

Mitzi Cunliffe was born Mitzi Solomon in New York, where she trained as a teacher and artist before subsequently studying in Paris.  After seeing the medieval sculpture at Chartres Cathedral she later wrote ‘I knew then that was the kind of work in which I wanted to be involved’.  In 1949 in New York she met and later married Marcus Cunliffe, an historian of American history and literature, later moving with him back to Manchester. 


She established a studio in the garage of the family home which was to be her base until 1964, an extremely productive period. She made two significant contributions to the 1951 Festival of Britain: a pair of intertwined figures symbolically stepping from a tree, prominently located at the entrance and a pair of bronze door handles in the form of expressive hands for the Regatta Restaurant.  For the School of Civic Design at Liverpool University she made another set of door handles, a relief and the Dove sculpture, all of which still survive. Other large-scale architectural reliefs can be seen at Manchester and Leeds University, the latter celebrating the university’s strong links with the textile industry. 

She was commissioned in 1955 by the Guild of Television Producers & Directors (now BAFTA) to make the famous trophy.  We know its serene gaze but the reverse side, featuring symbols carved into the metal, hints at something mysterious about the enduring power of drama and its place in the new technology.  Her original intention was make both ‘faces’ equally important by placing it on a rotating support.

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Mitzi Cunliffe specialised in the particular challenges of relating sculpture and relief to architecture.  One of her most important works is at the Heaton Park pumping station, the only post-1945 building to be listed for its sculpture.  Taking account of the viewpoint from below, it graphically depicts the course of the water from Haweswater, with a group of workmen as a central feature of the composition.

Throughout her career she experimented with techniques and materials, as well as designing jewellery, textiles and ceramics.  For the Red Rose Restaurant at Lewis's store in Liverpool, she used a cast bronze technique to create a richly figurative pierced screen themed on the Wars of the Roses. Later, she developed ‘sculpture by the yard’, large panels cast in concrete or fibreglass, their subtle variation of bold repetitive patterning catching  the light to give a sense of movement.  

In 1971 Mitzi Cunliffe embarked on a new stage of her career, teaching at Thames Polytechnic (now South Bank University) and later in New York, Philadelphia and Montreal.  It is our hope that these commemorations will set the scene for further research on this significant twentieth century woman artist.


You can pledge your support here.

(images © Estate of the Artist)

The Life of Buildings - Jackson’s Row Synagogue

The Modernist Society, Manchester Metropolitan University and Archives+ at Manchester Central Reference Library have teamed up to work on an experimental project in which Manchester’s landmark architecture could be preserved in virtual reality to allow people to revisit former buildings where they once stood.


Computer and architecture experts aim to create 3D virtual buildings that could one day exist on their former sites – letting people to ‘enter’, walk through rooms and even hear stories hidden in the walls through wearable devices.

Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with The Modernist Society and Archives+ at Manchester Central Reference Library, are looking to bring former buildings back to life using the latest technology as part of the new ‘Next Generation of Immersive Experiences’ project.

The team will investigate the range of digital reproduction methods currently available – including CAD software and laser scanning – to work out which might be most appropriate to produce virtual models of buildings that can also host oral testimony and other memories.

The initial project will be a pilot of the virtual reproduction via conventional augmented reality on a mobile device of the Jackson’s Row synagogue in Manchester, who are in support of the project.

Its cultural significance, and the fact that it was the first new building in the city after 1945, made it an obvious choice for the team.

Richard Brook, Principal Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University and lead researcher, said: “This idea centres on the digital preservation of our cities. Cities change, and without development cities are petrified, stultified and can become thematised versions of themselves.

“Yet development is not without its sensitivities and often involves passionate protest about preservation of buildings and heritage. Last minute attempts to save buildings under threat of demolition through the statutory listing process often falter and a usual outcome is a clause in the planning approval that an archaeological record is made.

This record may include a measured and photographic survey and cursory written reports of the cultural history of the site. Such records are hard to access and, in technological terms, are a limited means of representing lost artefacts.“They also fail to represent the cultural value and personal memories to the people and communities  that experienced the buildings.

“This project imagines the creation of a model that can recreate a rich and layered version of a building and bring it to life through the collation of social, cultural, technical and visual archival sources.”

Sometimes buildings are demolished and elements that have touched the lives of its inhabitants are lost – the furniture, the pictures, the decor and the memories of the people who worked, celebrated or worshipped there. With this project we hope not to carry out just a building survey, but to capture and incorporate part of the spirit and the life of some of the people who have passed through its rooms.

University architects, historians, and computer scientists will work on ‘The Life of Buildings’, which has won funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Research and Partnership Development call for the ‘Next Generation of Immersive Experiences’.

Collaborators wanted

Events / Exhibitions / Publishing about 20th century architecture in Manchester

Are you a writer, 'zine-ster, historian, researcher or a whizz with social media? Are you a designer, artist, illustrator or photographer? Are you a budding publicist or project manager? Or are you an existing community or history group with an interest in 20th Century Manchester architecture?

Would you like to collaborate, contribute and help deliver events / exhibitions / publications about 20th Century / Modernist Manchester? ( that's Greater Manchester by the way.) Do you have an idea for a project or publication that want to develop or lead?

Then get in touch! The Modernist Society is a voluntary based, creative collaborative project that needs you to join in and make things happen. 

Events and activitites could include a talk or a film screening, a walking tour or an exhibition. Publications could range from a pamphlet or map to a book. Projects could be about individual buildings or places; types of building or more generally about the architecture and associated art and design of the period (that's roughly 1918 - 2000, though we're particularly keen on the the post-war period).

Here at the Modernist Society we have always been fond of a printed publication, from our early Alphabet City through to Toastrack and Sacred Suburbs, not to mention our quarterly Magazine - The Modernist.

Other recent projects have included exhibitions such as Galt, Garland and Games and tours such as GM10.

All our collaborations are voluntary but if there are costs involved we can investigate how and whether the project idea can be funded

So, if you have an idea and want to make it real, then get in touch by emailing Jack Hale or Eddy Rhead at info[at]

Thanking you!

The Modernists

Manchester Modern

In Manchester Modern we present 111 buildings of the twentieth and early twenty first century lovingly photographed and researched by Richard Brook. It is conceived as a field guide, small enough to fit in your pocket, but weighty enough to know its merit. The book's designer Vaseem Bhatti is an artist of pedigree defining the distinctive visual identity of Warp Records’ Lex Records, and Manchester’s Skam Records.

So, how do I get hold of a copy?

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We did a crowdfunding campaign to get this book printed and all the backers who kindly trusted us to come up with the goods have all been sent their copies.

But what about us? I hear you cry.

Don't despair... we are waiting for the remaining copies to be delivered from our printer and once they arrive they will be available to buy on our web shop.

To stay informed, just make sure you can sign up to our mailing list here and you will be kept informed of all our events, publications and news.

Thanks for your patience.

The Modernists

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Discovery of the month - Frank Williams

A neighbour with a history

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Would you believe it but who should have a studio down the corridor from Modernist HQ but Frank Williams, formely of Manchester City Architects Department. Frank worked as part of the team on a number of our favourite Manchester buildings including Blackley Crematorium (1959) and Arnfield Water Treatment Works (1962). Frank was also a contemporary of our friend Derek Hill who helped design the Toastrack and with whom we partied in 2012.

Frank has loaned us some images of buildings that he worked on from his personal archive which we show here, including Blackley Crematorium, Arnfield Water Treatment Plant and the Godley Water Filtration plant.

The black and white photographs are by Elsam, Mann & Cooper and the prespective drawing is Frank's own.

I think we'll be hearing more about Frank later on...



A look at Leigh

The Turnpike Gallery and that William Mitchell

Leigh's Turnpike Centre is a brutal beauty incorporating a public library and art gallery. Built in 1971 and featuring a large William Mitchell frieze on the exterior, the building has a new lease of life after the recent re-opening of the Turnpike Gallery on the first floor.

The gallery was closed by Wigan Council due to funding cuts in 2013 and briefly kept alive by local art groups. In 2016, former Whitworth Art Gallery curator Helen Stalker took on the task of reviving the gallery's contemporary art programme with funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The building has been knocked about about over the years and it shows the wear and tear of age and a typically local authority lack of care but with a bit of love and attention the Turnpike could easily become Greater Manchester's coolest art space. Just look at those aluminium finger plates on the gallery doors... that chandelier has got to go though.

Turnpike Gallery, Civic Square, Leigh WN7 1EB

From the arhive: St. Catherine of Sienna, Lowton

First published 2011

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Lowton is near Golborne, Lancashire, in the old South Lancashire coalfield area, off the East Lancs Road a few miles west of Leigh. I guess that the local authority is Warrington Borough Council which is technically now in Cheshire. It seems to be in the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool. St. Catherines is due to close because of the 'poor state of electrical systems'.

The church is briefly described by Richard Pollard on page 516 of the Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-west Pevsner. He says that St Catherine’s is “the first centrally planned Roman Catholic church in SW Lancashire, its design contains elements that would reappear in modified form at subsequent churches such as St Ambrose, Speke [grade 2 listed but vulnerable}. Hexagon plus detached open-framed concrete belfrey tower over the baptistery, the two joined by a lobby”.

The parochial website is a here . The home page has documents relating to the proposed closure on the grounds of electrical wiring maintenance costs.

C20 Roman Catholic churches in the former manufacturing districts are being closed at a startling rate as the Church seems to be undergoing an existential crisis of membership, costs and restructuring. I’ve suggested that EH undertakes an urgent review of C20 RC churches like St Catherine’s. Some of these churches (e g St Raphael’s, Stalybridge) contain splendid artworks. St Catherine’s, Lowton, sounds like another one.

Aidan Turner-Bishop

Post Script - Sacred Suburbs

From the archive: BBC New Broadcasting House

First published: 2011

And so, the BBC leaves its Manchester base for Salford and turns off the studio lights for the very last time. Opened by Prime Minister James Callaghan in June 1976, the building will be decommissioned after North West Tonight in the last week of November 2011, and the last remaining team will join 1700 other BBC staff at Media City UK.

After compulsory purchase orders were approved for the site in 1967, planning began and after abandoning designs by an external architect, design work was completed the BBC's Architectural and Civil Engineering Department, with a completion date of 1975.

The BBC has sold the premises to Reality Estates for an undisclosed fee. Reality Estates won the bid from a shortlist including the likes of Bruntwood and Downing. Reality Estates also own Gateway House on Piccadilly Station Approach and the former Manchester Abattoir in Newton Heath.

Perhaps unloved by many due to its uncompromising concrete facade, possibly one of the most impressive features is the radio studio built to house the Northern Symphony Orchestra, later known as the BBC Philharmonic, alas this huge studio is now silent but the band plays on.. in Salford.



10 Buildings / 10 Boroughs / 20th century architecture in Greater Manchester


We challenged the public to seek out their top ten 20th century buildings in Greater Manchester, one from each Borough.

We posted suggestions on a dedicated website, adding a new borough to our site each week.

And in May and June of 2017 we took two bus trips to visit ten buildings across Greater Manchester, hurtling through five boroughs on each trip. Some are in fine fettle and in productive use, others are neglected and empty.

GM10 was a Modernist Society project and part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Humanities in Public Festival 2016/17

We visited: Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Wigan; Lancaster Halls, Swinton, Salford; The Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Civic Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham; Hopwood Hall Chapel, Rochdale; St.Raphael the Archangel, Tameside; Stopford House, Stockport; Essoldo Cinema, Trafford; St. Nicholas Burnage, Manchester.   

Special thanks to Helen Darby and Manchester Metropolitan University - Humanities in Public and to Jacob Critchley for designing the GM10 logo.

Galt, Games & Garland


The Manchester Modernist Society are proud to present an exhibition of GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

Collaborative, non gender specific, graphically bold, brightly coloured, durable and fun - Fizzog, Octons, Montage and Connect were fresh and exciting in their use of high quality illustration and simple geometric design. A stripped back sans serif logo and crisp Swiss typography added to the modern feel of the brand. Widely distributed through a mail order catalogue they were a familiar sight in thousands of schools, and now some fifty years later, evoking fond memories for the generations of children and parents that played with them.

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

Venue: Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Tues, Apr 4, 2017 - Wed, May 31, 2017

UMIST is under threat

Time to shout?

Now, we're not big on campaigning here at the Modernist Society, we like to concentrate on positive things rather than demolitions and destruction but once in a while we do try to rally the troops and make a call to action.


The future of the University of Manchester's North Campus, or what we at the Modernist Soc will always refer to as UMIST, has been uncertain for some years but the recent publication of the draft North Campus Strategic Regeneration Framework 2017 (SRF) by Manchester City Council sets out a vision for the future of the campus that might destroy some of the finest examples of post-war architecture in the city and we strongly urge you to comment on the impact of these proposals on the former UMIST campus. (see how at bottom of page).

Although not listed, the Renold Building (Cruikshank and Seward 1962) was 'the first of its type in the UK – an entire building to house lecture theatres and seminar rooms. It is also one of the earliest UK projects to assume a tower and podium configuration' (Mainstream Modern) and is much admired for its zig-zag curtain wall, Niemeyer inspired curved roof, and Victor Pasmore mural. One suggestion in the SRF is to remove the Renold Building’s podium to allow for the opportunity to build a new residential block pushed up against Altrincham Street, an increase in building density being a key proposal of the SRF.

The Hollaway Wall (Anthony Hollaway 1966) which runs along the London Road boundary of the campus fairs little better in the SRF, despite being Grade II listed, suggestions include - remove and relocate, shorten and chop holes through it or shorten and incorporate into a new build - despite the fact that Historic England designated the wall Grade II for its design quality for its 'imposing and striking sculptural Brutalist design that combines both special artistic and architectural interest. It was designed by the highly successful artist Anthony Hollaway in collaboration with the notable regional architect Harry M Fairhurst'. Historic England also describe it as 'a good and rare example of 1960s public art design'.

Who knows the future of the Chandos Hall (W A Gibbon of Cruikshank & Seward 1962-4) or the Barnes Wallace Building (also W A Gibbon of Cruikshank & Seward), let alone the Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant, Maths and Social Science Building, Chandos Hall, Ferranti Building or Pariser Building.

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In our very own CAMPUS project in 2012 we unilaterally declared the UMIST Campus a Conservation Area - this had no legal authority of course, it was part of a 'happening' and art event to raise awareness of the very special nature and design of the campus and many of its constituent buildings, during which we created a map, planted plaques and tied the buildings up in 'attention modernist' crime scene tape - maybe we were premature and the 'crime' is about to happen.

In 2016 we published 'Knowledge and Work' a photographic portrait of the UMIST campus by Bill Ayres in which we stated "Some buildings lie empty. Some are still busily in use. UMIST the institution is no more but the physical campus is still pretty much intact. For now.”

For now.. we have a remarkable collection of post war buildings grouped together like no other in the city of Manchester, your comments could help shape what happens next.

Manchester City Council have previously been criticised for not giving enough opportunity for the public to be involved in its planning decisions - so lets make this one count. Your response can be sent by email to: or by post to: City Centre Regeneration Team, PO Box 532, Manchester City Council, Town Hall, M60 2LA

All comments from people wishing to take part in this public consultation must be received by Tuesday 14 February 2017, so that all comments can be included in a report to the Executive Committee. Please include your post code.

You might also copy your comments to:

The Twentieth Century Society and Historic England at:

Read the SRF document

Our acknowledgement to Bill Ayres, Mainstream Modern, C20 Society and Historic England for use of some words and pictures.


See the Twentieth Century Society's comments here.

See press:

Manchester Evening News

Architects Journal


10 Buildings

10 Boroughs

20th century Architecture in Greater Manchester

10 Buildings

10 Boroughs

20th century Architecture in Greater Manchester

Here’s your mission.. throughout November to January 2016/17 the Manchester Modernist Society challenge you to seek out the top ten 20th century buildings in Greater Manchester, one from each Borough.

We will post your suggestions here on our special GM10 website, adding a new borough to the site each week. In May and June of 2017 we will take a bus trip to our top ten.

Email us : tweet us @modernistoc #GM10 : instagram us @modernistmag #GM10 :

or simply add your suggestions to the comments box at the bottom of each page.

And where better place to start than…Wigan

GM10 is part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Humanities in Public Festival 2016/17

Knowledge and Work

Some buildings lie empty. Some are still busily in use.

UMIST the institution is no more but the physical campus is still pretty much intact.

For now.

Knowledge and Work is a photobook celebrating the UMIST campus at a time when its future is uncertain. Photographer Bill Ayres has collaborated with designers Jacob Critchley and Jack Glover to produce a book of photographs that celebrates the architecture and landscape of the University of Manchester North Campus formerly known as UMIST.

Published by the Modernist Society, this is the first of three publications to be produced in 2016 celebrating and investigating twentieth century architecture in Manchester with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. With special thanks to G.F.Smith Papers.

128 x 175 mm

Printed on Munken Polar Smooth

120gsm text/300gsm cover

ISBN: 978--9955481--7

Edition of 300

Available now