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Sacred Spaces in Modern Britain
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St
St Michaels College Chapel Llandaff by George Pace. Photograph: Judi Loach


Saturday 30 November 09.30 - 18.00

A Twentieth Century Society study day convened by Kate Jordan and Ayla Lepine in association with Docomomo UK exploring a wide range of architects and projects, from churches and cathedrals to monasteries and chapels. Speakers include Louise Campbell, Adrian Forty, Judi Loach, Niall McLaughlin, and Alan Powers.

Part Sponsored by SAHGB

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

Cost: £40 for C20 Soc & Docomomo UK members; £30 concessions; £45 non-members

(Includes refreshments & reception but not lunch)

9.30 - Arrival & Registration

9.50-10.00 - Introductions

10.00-11.30 - SESSION I


Chair: Linda Monckton (English Heritage)

David Lewis (Oxford University)

“Gothic Spirit” and the Modern Age: The idea of tradition in the church designs of Giles Gilbert Scott

Alan Powers (Independent)

H. S. Goodhart-Rendel: variations on an architectural enigma

Judi Loach (Cardiff University)

Towards a Radical Modernism: Pace in Wales

11.30-11.45 - Break

11.45-1.15 - SESSION II


Chair: Timothy Brittain-Catlin (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Otto Saumarez Smith (Cambridge University)

Cathedral Precincts and Pedestrian Precincts: The position of ecclesiastical architecture in post-war plans

Flora Samuel (University of Sheffield)

Ornament or Crime: British responses to Le Corbusier’s church architecture

Robert Proctor (Glasgow School of Art)

Sacred Circuitry: Moveable Architecture in the Post-War Roman Catholic Church

1.15-2.15 - Lunch break

2.15-3.45 - SESSION III


Chair: Karla Cavarra Britton (Yale Univ)

Adrian Forty (UCL)

Are British Churches European?

Kate Jordan (UCL) & Ayla Lepine (University of Nottingham)

Making Monasticism Modern: Two Case Studies

Niall McLaughlin (Niall McLaughlin Architects)

Communication and Metaphor: Bishop Edward King Chapel

3.45-4.15 - Break

4.15-5.15 - Keynote

Louise Campbell (Warwick University)

From Coventry to Canterbury: raids, ruins, politics, pilgrims

5.15-6.00 - Reflection

Frances Spalding (Univ of Newcastle)

Radiant Simplicity: the impact of the Liturgical Movement on ecclesiastical architecture

6.00 - Reception

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