Revisiting Britain –Social and Urban Change 1945 - 1965

As Britain considers a new era of big thinking, with projects such as High Speed 2 and regional devolution, RIBA charts the highs and lows of a period of profound change and its legacy today.

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Town centre and carpet mills, Halifax, West Yorkshire ©Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

In the 20 years following the Second World War, Britain witnessed one of the greatest periods of transformation in its history. Facing up to a new world and keen to shed its old image, it embarked on a radical programme of modernisation. Far-reaching economic and social reforms were matched by rapid physical change in our towns and cities that would alter the country, its landscape and its identity for ever. As Britain considers a new era of big thinking, with projects such as High Speed 2 and regional devolution, RIBA charts the highs and lows of a period of profound change and its legacy today.

With contributions and discussion from author of the Modernity Britain series, David Kynaston, author of Concretopia John Grindrod andsocial historian and literary biographer Richard Davenport-Hines. Chaired by John Wilson, presenter and reporter on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. More names to be confirmed.

Part of the season of events inspired by the exhibition Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith.  

 

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