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Twentieth Century Shops Lecture Series 5: Shopping Centres

Thursday 29 February at 6.30 pm


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

As a much-maligned building type, post-war shopping centres have undoubtedly played a significant role in Britain, with over 750 shopping centres built from the end of the war to the present day. This talk follows a three-month placement undertaken with the Twentieth Century Society in 2023. It will share the findings of the research project (also published as a report by the society in early 2024), which included around 40 visits made to shopping centres, from post-war shopping precincts to vast out-of-town malls. At a time when the future of shopping centres looks uncertain – with many slated for demolition – this talk considers what should be done next.

Ellie Brown is a writer and PhD student at the University of Warwick, researching post-war shopping centre architecture.

Zoom price:  C20 Society Members- £6;    Non-Members- £8; Young C20 member + guest – Free;

Student + guest- £4.

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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:  Ashford Designer Village - RHSP (1996-2000) © RSHP