Mid-Century Modern in the Heart of England
8 Sep — 12 Sep 2020 | Tour Director: Alan Powers
• Discover the fascinating 20th and 21st century public, commercial and domestic architecture of Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton and Coventry
• View pioneering mid-century buildings at the universities of Leicester and Nottingham, and stay in refurbished Grade II-listed 1960s accommodation
• Discover Leicester’s superlative collection of German Expressionist paintings and works of graphic art at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
one of the UK’s leading architectural historians
Tour assembles 1300 at College Court Conference Centre & Hotel, Leicester, or 1330 at Leicester Station. Afternoon visit to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester (Arts & Crafts and Expressionist collections, Richard Attenborough gift of Picasso pottery). Four nights at College Court Conference Centre & Hotel. Evening introductory lecture.
University of Leicester (Engineering Building, Charles Wilson Building and Attenborough Tower – exteriors), Curve Theatre (Rafael Viñoly Architects, 2008) and John Lewis & Partners (exterior with glass hosiery pattern designed by Foreign Office Architects, 2008). Afternoon: Stoneywell (1899 Arts & Crafts home designed by Ernest Gimson).
Whole day excursion to Nottingham: Cripps Hall (University of Nottingham Hall of Residence designed by McMorran & Whitby, 1959), Council House (subject to confirmation), Nottingham Playhouse (designed by Peter Moro, 1963) and Nottingham Contemporary (Caruso St John Architects, 2009 – exterior).
Whole day excursion to Northampton: National Lift Tower (exterior), Shoe & Boot Collection at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery (subject to confirmation), Charles Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate and St Matthew’s Church (Henry Moore sculpture and Graham Sutherland painting). Evening lecture: Art & the Church in the Post-War Period.
Morning visit to Coventry Cathedral (designed by Sir Basil Spence, 1951–62). Tour disperses 1300 at hotel followed by 1340 at Leicester Station.
8 Sep — 12 Sep 2020
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This tour is not particularly strenuous, but will involve a moderate amount of walking and standing, so participants should have a good level of fitness. Please note that several of the rooms at Stoneywell are accessed via spiral staircase, and there are exposed stone slabs and grassy slopes in the grounds which can become slippery if wet.
Cost of £1245 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded executive room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, standard double room for single use supplement £130. Executive rooms on request.