Our campaign to preserve the best of C20 architecture from 1914 onwards is nationwide, and our network of regional groups is expanding. The North West group led by Aidan Turner Bishop continues its good work, as does the North East group led by John and Karen Topping. A new regional group has now been formed in the West Midlands, and a growing number of members in Scotland is interested in forming a group there.
Each group has its own regional page on the website, which will be updated with news, exhibitions and events by local members, providing a dedicated space for regional members to communicate and see what is happening close to them. We will still, of course, be featuring regional news and blogs on the home page as well.
I have been contacting members in other regions and hope that soon we will have regional groups established throughout the UK. The purpose of all this is to help raise awareness of C20 buildings at risk, to learn more about the architecture and design of this period and to meet new people with shared interests. It’s quite infectious and you never know where it may lead!
If you haven’t heard from me personally and would like to help form, or become involved with, a regional group please email me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Nicky Rutt, C20 Trustee co-ordinating regional groups
The North West group covers all the regions of North West England: Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside. The group meets every six weeks, alternately in Liverpool and Manchester, and organises local events. Acting as the eyes and ears of the Society in the region, the group works closely with the Society’s caseworkers, as well as other similar heritage groups locally, and is a member of the Liverpool Heritage Forum. For news and regional events read the C20 North West Group page.
Notable landmarks of our period include the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, despite appearances completed in the 1970s, Its Catholic counterpart Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the Mersey Tunnel ventilation towers from the1930s, and a sculptural wall in the UMIST campus in Manchester. Current cases include the long-running campaign to save Preston Bus Station.
All queries about cases in the NW should be directed to the Society’s caseworkers in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
New members are warmly welcomed – the group can be contacted by email via the administrator administrator(at)c20society.org.uk
or call 01772-824154
North East group
We are based in North Tyneside, but also cover from the Scottish Borders to Teesside, and concentrate on identifying local C20 buildings at risk and supporting the campaigns for preservation. See the North East page for local news and events.
There are many interesting local C20 buildings, bridges and monuments in our area that span the century, from the recognised local treasures (e.g. Ralph Erskine’s Byker Wall, Wills’ Tobacco Factory, and Newcastle Civic Centre), to those unjustly at threat of demolition. We became involved with C20 through personally campaigning to attempt to save Gateshead’s Brutalist behemoths, Owen Luder’s Trinity Square car park and shopping centre (a.k.a. the Get Carter Car Park) and Derwent Tower (see buildings at risk). We have also had involvement with the Apollo Pavilion (Victor Pasmore, 1969), submitting an application for listing on behalf of the Apollo Pavilion Community Association in April 2010 (EH’s decision is still pending). Comprehensively restored in 2009 and winner of a Civic Trust Award in 2010, the Pavilion is a gem hidden in the heart of the Sunny Blunts estate in Peterlee, County Durham and, with a ten year maintenance plan in place, thankfully is no longer at risk. See www.apollopavilion.info for more information on the Pavilion.
There are currently a number of important C20 buildings at risk in our area. Many cases have been brought to C20’s attention by members of the public, so if you know of a post-1914 building in the north east that’s under threat or that you think should be listed, please get in touch.
We are keen to hear about the types of events people would like to seein our region (e.g. tours, exhibitions, film screenings, talks etc).
John and Karen Topping can be reached by email via administrator(at)c20society.org.uk
Work is currently underway to develop a group in Scotland. A member of the Society, Stephen Edgar, who is based in Glasgow, has contacted a number of members in Scotland – although possibly not all of them - to discuss initial ideas. See the Scotland page for news and events.
Stephen has also been in touch with organisations who have a shared interest in twentieth century architecture, including the Scottish branch of Docomomo, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, the Construction History Society and the New Glasgow Society. There have been some positive discussions about arranging joint events in future.
Please watch this space, and if you would like to join the group, or have any questions or ideas, contact Stephen Edgar.