The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Events Archive


13/05/2022 – 15/05/2022




A weekend exploring Southampton’s inter-war commercial growth and civic pride, post-war plans, buildings by City Architect Leon Berger, the University, churches, housing, and recent developments in the city.

Led by Caroline Martin and Penny Laughton

Starts - Friday 13 May, 13.00 Southampton Art Gallery

Finishes - Sunday 15 May, 16.30 Southampton Central Train Station

Friday - focuses on E Berry Webber’s Civic Centre (1929-39; Grade II*) with an introduction to the Art Gallery and tour of the Centre and Sea City (Wilkinson Eyre, 2012). A group supper on Friday evening (included in the price).

Saturday – a morning walking tour of the commercial centre, including Debenhams (Healing and Overbury, 1959; under threat) and other retail, leisure and cultural buildings. City centre housing includes Wyndham Court, 1969; Grade II) and the post-war Holy Rood Estate. We spend the afternoon at the University’s elegantly landscaped Highfield campus, planned in the 1960s by Basil Spence and with recent buildings by Norman Foster and Rick Mather. Outdoor sculpture includes Puy de Dôme (1963, F E McWilliam; Grade II).

Sunday - travel by coach to housing by Herbert Collins (1920s/30s) and the Millbrook Estate, built from the 1950s under Leon Berger, as well as churches by N F Cachemaille-Day, Liam McCormick and W C Mangan. Time permitting, we will cross the Itchen Bridge to view Berger’s five tower blocks (1965-7) on Weston Shore.

Please note, Saturday involves walking all day, plus a bus to the University.

Caroline Martin (Chair, C20 South Region) and Penny Laughton led the Society’s 2019 Stuttgart weekend. Penny also organised the recent Clerkenwell event.

Members:  £185. Non-Members: £210.  Accommodation not included. Southampton offers a range of accommodation. The organisers are staying at the Premier Inn, 12-13 Cumberland Place, SO15 2WY

Numbers limited to 30 people.

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The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: Wyndham Court, Lyons Israel Ellis, 1969. Photograph: Penny Laughton

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