The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

South West

Mervyn Seal tour update and 2016 events

The C20 Far South West Group recently had its first committee meeting of 2016, and we now have plans in place for events for the rest of this year and even into 2017.

First and foremost we have our ‘Weekend on the English Riviera – Mervyn Seal in Devon’ event only two months away, on the 19-20 March. The event is now over two-thirds full, so if you haven’t already booked and were thinking of coming for the full weekend, I would book soon. The details and booking form are on the C20 website.

If, as a local member, it would suit you to just come to part of the weekend or attend the Saturday reception at Kaywana Hall then please contact me at to confirm your interest and arrange to pay by cheque. Advance bookings only.

We have other events in the pipeline for 2016, so to give you some advance notice:

JUNE – A day event, probably the 25th, visiting the Tamar Valley Centre (2010 Bill Dunster, ZED Factory architects), where visitors can picnic in the grounds of this AONB centre and then take a short drive to a local Plymouth C20 landmark, to be confirmed.

OCTOBER – On the 22nd Peter Beacham, who has recently completed the latest Pevsner Guide to Cornwall, has agreed to come and talk to us about the criteria for listing, and their significance in relation to C20 buildings, with examples. We hope to hold this afternoon talk in Truro, venue and date to be confirmed.

Finally, you may have seen GOLD TV’s ‘The Comic Strip Presents: Red Top’. A surreal one-off about phone hacking and News International, inexplicably set in the 1970s, it features Plymouth Civic Centre (pictured above) transformed into a newsroom, hotel and even a hospital! See what the Plymouth Herald has to say about it.

Tony Stokoe