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23 October 2019

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain is excited to announce the result of a collaboration between the SAHGB and RIBA Learning, with an exclusive member discount. The course will take place in the RIBA's new dedicated learning space at 66 Portland Place.

'Burning Down the Haus: Broadening Perspectives on British Modernism'

RIBA Clore Learning Centre, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, Tuesdays 29 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November and 3 December 2019, 6pm to 8pm

£210 standard ticket, £180 for SAHGB Members

A century after the renowned Bauhaus School was founded in Germany, take a fresh look at the relationship between Bauhaus and Britain. Join leading historian and author of Bauhaus Goes West (2019) Dr Alan Powers, and a host of guest experts, in examining the role of the Bauhaus in the development of Modernism in Britain in a more searching way than usual.

Our title conveys an irreverent but constructive approach. Over six weeks you’ll hear from experts in architectural and cultural history and engage with a range of cultural issues from the time that still have contemporary relevance. Unquestionably, the Bauhaus occupied a significant presence in British design consciousness after 1933 – largely due to the arrival of Walter Gropius and other émigré architects and designers. This has, however, obscured parallel movements in Britain and elsewhere; closer examination reveals a more interesting and complex story across the fields of art, product design, education and architecture in twentieth century Britain. Timed to coincide with the RIBA’s new autumn exhibition, Beyond Bauhaus: Modernism in Britain 1933-66, you’ll also hear from exhibition curators and have exclusive access to original drawings, photographs, archive manuscripts, books, journals and ephemera from the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections.

This course is led by Dr Alan Powers and Dr Neal Shasore (University of Liverpool). Guest contributors include Dr Julian Holder (University of Oxford), Magnus Englund (Isokon Gallery) and Dr Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University).


Online booking in advance is essential.

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