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Reputations Reassessed : Louise Campbell on Basil Spence
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St
Rome_Embassy by Basil Spence. Photograph copyright RCAHMS
Sir Basil Spence (1907-76) has long been recognized as the architect who, through Coventry Cathedral, made Modernism acceptable to a wide section of the British public. He was prolific, running three offices between London and Edinburgh at the height of his career. Romantic by temperament, and a brilliant showman, Spence risked the disdain of fellow-professionals and some of his later projects were controversial.

Professor Louise Campbell (University of Warwick) began to study Spence in relation to Coventry Cathedral in the 1980s, and her work culminated in 2012 with the publication of Basil Spence, projects and buildings (RIBA Publications), jointly with Miles Glendinning and Jane Thomas, the final part of a collaborative research project on Spence using his archive in Edinburgh.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 07/03/13 at 6.30pm at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1.

Members £8, non-members £10, students £5, including a glass of wine. Some tickets will be available at the door.

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