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The Monumental Twenties: Rediscovering British Architecture of the 1920s

A day of lectures will draw on expert knowledge to look at the neglected classical and monumental architecture of the 1920s in Britain.

Of all the decades of architecture since 1914, we talk least about the 1920s. To redress this imbalance, a day of lectures will draw on expert knowledge to look at the neglected classical and monumental architecture of the 1920s in Britain. How did the legacy of the Edwardians such as Lutyens develop after the Great War? How did classicism in Britain relate to other countries, and how do we understand and assess these alternatives to modernism? Speakers include Gavin Stamp and Alan Powers, providing different overviews of the period, with specialised lectures from David Walker on Burnet and Tait, Joseph Sharples on Liverpool and C H Reilly, Elain Harwood on Wembley, Brian Hanson on Charles Holden, Simon Pepper and Peter Richmond on monumental flats, and Peyton Skipwith on architectural sculpture. On Sunday, 23 November, there will be a coach tour giving special attention to the work of Burnet and Tait in London, and showing how this firm, about whom no substantial book yet exists, managed to move between the most creative classicism of the period after 1900 and various versions of modernism.


Alan Powers | talks
Professor Gavin Stamp | talks
Professor David Walker | talks | www
Joseph Sharples | talks
Elain Harwood | talks
Brian Hanson | talks
Peyton Skipwith | talks
Simon Pepper | talks
Peter Richmond | talks


Date and Time:

22 November 2008 at 10:00 pm


Full Day



Twentieth Century Society
70 Cowcross Street
020 7250 3857

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Members £35, non-members £45, students £15

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For tickets and/or further information please contact The Administrator, The Twentieth Century Society, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ Tel 0207 250 3857 administrator@c20society.org.uk

Additional Information:

Coach tour on Sunday November 23 cost for members £30, non-members £40, students £10

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