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Spring Lecture Series Cities of the British Isles: Nottingham




Nottingham: Thursday11th March 2021 at 18.30  Presented by Dr Elain Harwood

With travel remaining restricted, the Spring lecture series will take a tour of the British Isles. Each lecture will consider key twentieth-century developments in one location, offering a mixture of the familiar and the unexpected. From the 'new city' of Milton Keynes to Dublin and Edinburgh, where new buildings sat alongside historic architecture, we'll explore the modern urban landscape in all its variety.

Nottingham is a city caught between the Midlands and the north, and is often overlooked.  Yet in the twentieth century it had one of the few traditional economies, based on textiles, that boomed, together with new activities such as bicycles (which led to light engineering), Boots pharmaceuticals and more.  The city blossomed with new housing, factories and public buildings, a momentum that was sustained through the post-war years. 

Elain Harwood’s talk will range from local architects T. Cecil Howitt and cinema specialist Reginald Cooper, to national heroes such as E. Owen Williams at Boots and Peter Moro at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Elain Harwood is a native of Nottinghamshire and author of the Pevsner City Guide to Nottingham (Yale University Press, 2008).

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