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In Person: Twentieth Century Shops Lecture Series 1: The Decorum of Shopping Streets



The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St

Twentieth Century Shops Lecture Series 1: The Decorum of Shopping Streets

Thursday 1 February at 6.30 pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ

The first lecture in the series Twentieth Century Shops: From Arndale to Zara, marking the publication of 100 20th Century Shops.

‘Good Taste is Good Business’ - these words come from a Civic Trust publication on Shop Fronts of the early 1960s, and were the orthodoxy from the beginning of the twentieth century. In spite of this, it is often the survival of ‘bad taste’ shop fronts that now attracts our cameras and our desire to preserve. Alan Powers asks whether ‘good taste’ is simply boring and vulgarity more appealing where shops are concerned.

Alan Powers is a former Chairman of C20 and a current trustee. He teaches at London School of Architecture, New York University in London and the University of Kent.

In person price: C20 Society Members -  £10;  Non-Members - £ 15;  Young C20 member + guest- Free;  Student + guest- £5.

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Includes a glass of wine

Note: This event is hybrid and is being run both in-person at Cowcross Street Gallery and online via Zoom. The event will be recorded and offered as a catch-up lecture for those who have booked and will be available for two weeks.

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above image:  Shop Fronts page from Civic Trust publication