The Element Of Surprise: Church Design In The Twentieth Century
Our Free Lectures • 1h 9m
Many of you will be aware that Victorian elements are present in almost every church in Britain, but did you realise that this applies to the twentieth century too? Did you know that as many new churches were built in the 1960s as in the 1860s at the height of the Gothic revival? In this lecture Clare Price will be looking at the huge range and diversity of churches and fittings that were designed during the twentieth century. Innovative new materials, dramatic shapes and colours and liturgical re-organisation will be contrasted with more subtle compositions, traditional ideas re-worked and sympathetic interventions into older buildings. Many of the churches featured are in the Twentieth Century Society’s book 100 Churches 100 Years which Clare co-edited and which caused one reviewer to suggest (sounding perhaps a little astonished) ‘actually, modern churches can be beautiful’! Join us to be surprised too.
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Clare Price is the Head of Casework at the Twentieth Century Society and has worked for the Society since 2012. She is responsible for all the Society’s church casework across the UK and secular buildings in the north and west London boroughs, as well as selected Home Counties; North East England; East Anglia and Scotland.
Clare is also currently researching for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, with a particular focus on inter-war church architecture.
Holding an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment and a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Clare has worked in commercial property and building conservation for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Twentieth Century Society she worked for an international firm of chartered surveyors and subsequently as a freelance consultant.
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