The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Catch-up events

If you missed any of our virtual events, you can buy a ticket to watch the recording of it below. All ticket proceeds go towards our campaigning to protect outstanding C20 buildings and design.

 

Autumn Lecture Series: ‘Too modern, too plain or too foreign’, Church of England buildings

Presented by Clare Price

C20’s Head of Casework and a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford discusses the problems that architects encountered in designing Church of England buildings in the inter-war period.

Autumn Lecture Series: The 20th Century Synagogue

Presented by Sharman Kadish

Dr Sharman Kadish is the author of The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland: An Architectural and Social History (Yale 2011).

Autumn Lecture Series: Roman Catholic Buildings

Presented by Robert Proctor

An overview of Roman Catholic buildings with Dr Robert Proctor, University of Bath, author of Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Architecture in Britain (Ashgate, 2014).

Autumn Lecture Series: Non-conformist worship

Presented by Elain Harwood

Elain Harwood, author of Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975 (Yale University Press) talks about non-conformist worship in the twentieth century.

Autumn Lecture Series: The Islamic heritage

Presented by Shahed Saleem

Dr Shahed Saleem is the author of  The British Mosque: an architectural and social history  (Historic England, 2018).

Autumn Lecture Series: Current architectural trends in Church buildings

Presented by Kate Jordan

Dr Kate Jordan, University of Westminster, will speak on current trends in church building and discuss how they fit in with wider architectural concerns.

Abbatt and the world of modern toys

Presented by Alan Powers, introduced by Margherita Manca

Alan will discuss his recent book Abbatt Toys: Modern Toys for Modern Children, exploring the business founded by Paul & Marjorie Abbatt in London in 1932, after touring Europe and admiring early years education in Vienna, Berlin and elsewhere. Ernö Goldfinger designed their shop and some of their products as part of a clear-sighted vision for ‘the right toy for the right age’, and an unsentimental approach to childhood.

 

Cressingham Gardens: An English Garden Estate

Presented by Will Jennings, Catherine Croft, Coco Whittaker and Tom Keene

Will Jennings’ beautiful film An English Garden (2020). is a poetic study of Cressingham Gardens, the 1970s Ted Hollamby designed housing estate in Lambeth, which has been threatened with demolition.

Inter-War London in Lockdown 2 – The 1930s

Presented by John East

As C20’s ‘unofficial photographer’ John East would usually kick off the New Year with a review of C20 events from the previous year.  But this year would have made for a very short presentation.  Instead, John got on his bike during the spring and autumn lockdowns and revisited buildings which he first got to know with the Society (and its forerunner, the Thirties Society) many years ago and took spectacular images of London’s inter-war architecture.

Catch up: Italian War Memorials Revisited

Presented by Hannah Malone

Revisiting the C20 trip led by Gavin Stamp in 2012, this talk will explore the cemeteries that were built by Italy’s Fascist regime in the 1920-30s for soldiers who had fallen in the First World War.

Visual Acoustics: Julius Shulman’s iconic photography of Californian Modernism

Presented by Will Paice, Valeria Carullo and others

An evening with author Will Paice, filmmaker Eric Bricker, photography curator Valeria Carullo, Prof Neil Jackson and C20 Society Director Catherine Croft in conversation about the documentary film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.

Inter-War London in Lockdown 1 – The 1920s

Presented by John East

As C20’s ‘unofficial photographer’ John East would usually kick off the New Year with a review of C20 events from the previous year.  But this year would have made for a very short presentation.  Instead, John got on his bike during the spring and autumn lockdowns and revisited buildings which he first got to know with the Society (and its forerunner, the Thirties Society) many years ago and took spectacular images of London’s inter-war architecture.

Members’ Travels Slide Evening and Harry Page Photography Award

Presented by Carolyn Parmeter

This slideshow gave C20 members a chance to show photographs of their own travels at home and abroad.

The Festival of Britain 1951, a tonic to the Nation

Presented by Geoffrey Hollis

This is intended as an introduction to the Festival of Britain, in its 70th Anniversary year

Spring Lecture Series: Edinburgh

This talk will highlight Edinburgh’s twentieth century architectural heritage, ranging from consideration of works by notable designers such as Basil Spence and Robert Matthew to less well-known projects in the city centre and the suburbs. We will see how a constellation of designers and others created modern environments in this historic city. Among the projects to be discussed will be the architecture of the city’s universities, its modern churches, its inter-war and post-war council housing, and the pioneering work of new housing associations in the 1960s and 1970s. The talk will also highlight some more recent interventions in the city centre during the 1980s and 1990s, culminating, briefly, with the new Scottish Parliament