SYMPOSIUM: Architecture, The Built Environment, And The Aftermath Of The First World War. London, 8-9 June 2018

Symposium: Architecture, The Built Environment, And The Aftermath Of The First World War. London, 8-9 June 2018

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Annual Symposium

2018 marks the centenary of two events central to the early twentieth century: the cessation of hostilities in the Great War, and the passing of the Representation of the People Act which expanded the franchise significantly, ushering in a new age of democratic participation. Both of these events coloured the following decades as ones of ‘Reconstruction’ and ‘Democratization’; what impact did these impulses have on the built environment?
This two-day Symposium will highlight new directions in scholarship for specialists in interwar and twentieth century history and architectural history, and provide methodological models for those making tentative steps into the study of the built environment of this period from within and outside the discipline.
The SAHGB Annual Symposium – convened by Neal Shasore, University of Liverpool – is open to scholars at all career stages and of all periods, places, and disciplines. The Society is grateful for the support of the 20s30s Network, a transdisciplinary network of scholars rethinking British interwar history, and the Twentieth Century Society, which exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
Registration is priced at £65 for two days, and £50 for Saturday only. A limited number of student tickets are available at £50 for two days. To view the full programme and to register, please visit
Registration includes refreshments across both days, and lunch on Saturday. Registration also includes an optional, free, expert-led tour of interwar buildings run by the Twentieth Century Society on Friday morning starting at the RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place, and ending at Senate House. There is limited capacity for these tours; places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email to register interest after booking for the Symposium.
The full programme of the symposium is available here.

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