Women of the Welfare Landscape Exhibition Launch and Lecture

Birmingham Modernist Society is pleased to invite you to the launch of the AHRC funded ‘Women of the Welfare Landscape’ travelling exhibition and talk by Joy Burgess: Leading by Example - The Landscape Architecture of Mary Mitchell

Leading by Example - The Landscape Architecture of Mary Mitchell, by Joy Burgess

16 May 2023 at 6pm

The Parkside Building Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7RJ

P350 – Lecture Theatre (book via Eventbrite, sign in will be required at reception) 

£3.00 [plus booking fee] for guests, free for BCU staff and students

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Mary Mitchell was Birmingham City’s first ever landscape architect, joining the City Architect’s Department at the request of Sheppard Fidler in 1955. Both were committed to a design led approach and so they were a productive partnership, building a number of new housing developments during their time there.

Mitchell’s own convictions over creative, playful and art-filled housing landscapes are evident in her work and it was during her time in Birmingham that she made a name for herself on the International stage as a world-renowned designer.

The full extent of Mitchell’s work and the impact it had on Birmingham is yet to be fully understood. This talk will explore Mitchell’s creative collaborations, some of her housing landscapes, and what made them unique.

The talk is by Joy Burgess who is currently carrying out her PhD at the University of Liverpool in collaboration with Historic England. She is researching the work of female landscape architects in post-war Britain and looking to make a contribution towards a feminist history of landscape architecture.

16 May 2023 at 6pm

The Parkside Building Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7RJ

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(1) Children playing outside a tower block in Nechells in the 1960s

(2) Hawkesley Farm Moat Estate, 1950s

(3) Mary Mitchell Slide