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The C20 Society autumn lecture series celebrates the Society's 40th anniversary with six lectures that chart the significant milestones and successes in its history.

From the demolition of west London’s fabulous Art Deco Firestone factory to the fight to save and list the majestic Brutalist Preston Bus Station, the Twentieth Century Society has been at the forefront of the campaign to preserve our recent architectural past. 

The lectures will be held at 6.30 p.m. at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ.  Tickets can be booked via the Twentieth Century’s website

  • Thursday 31 October: Founding the Society A panel of founding members, including Clive Aslet, Marcus Binney, Bevis Hillier and Simon Jenkins, talk about how the Thirties Society (renamed the C20 Society in 1992)  started and the impact of the loss of the Firestone building.
  •  Thursday 7 November: Championing the Thirties Alan Powers, the Society’s first caseworker and subsequent Chairman, tells the story of early casework campaigns, such as that to save Torilla, a 1935 reinforced concrete white cubic house by F R S Yorke, a major figure in the introduction of the Modern Movement into Britain in the 1930s. 
  •  Thursday 14 November: Campaigns: Red telephone boxes, End of the Line and Farewell my Lido Nicholas Long, Niall Devitt and Alan Powers will talk about the successful campaigns the Society ran to save telephone boxes, tube stations and lidos.
  •  Thursday 21 November: Brutalism Redux Thaddeus Zupancic will talk about how brutalist architecture was championed by the Society, helped by a myriad social media photo feeds, and about the fight to list brutalist buildings such as Preston Bus Station.
  •  Thursday 28 November: Lost and Saved Director of C20 Society Catherine Croft looks at the important C20th buildings that have been lost, those we have saved, and surveys how we can best protect those at risk.
  •  Wednesday 4 December: The Battle for Post-war listing Elain Harwood, who worked on the research and listing of post-war buildings for English Heritage, talks about the battle to win protection for post-war architecture through the listing system.