Locus Lancaster: Campus, Place and Experience : day symposium at Lancaster University

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Saturday 23rd March 2024 10.30am-4.30pm

A day symposium including photo walk and pop up exhibition - investigaiting the modernist legacy the Lancaster University Campus.

2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the award of the royal charter to Lancaster University. This symposium investigates the modernist spatial legacy of the architects and landscape architects, Bridgwater Shepheard and Epstein. 

The symposium takes a creative and engaged perspective on the original campus and the changes it has experienced in the last six decades.

A series of artworks, responsive to the campus, and short, scholarly views on its architecture and landscape will be mixed with a photo walk and a private view of a pop-up exhibition of some of Lancaster Arts’ mid-century works in the permanent collection (curated by Natalie Bradbury, Miranda Stearn and Adam Robinson). 

Established on a ridge, south of the city and between the M6 and A6, Lancaster’s campus is characterised by its landscape. Set amongst existing woodland, the oldest building on campus, the Grade II listed Bailrigg House (Woodfall and Eccles, 1899-1902) has a garden by Thomas Mawson. Peter Shepheard was also a landscape architect and under his influence the buildings of the 1960s, modest and straightforward, framed a linear sequence of hard and soft landscaped spaces as an integral part of the planning and organisation. 

Loosely based on ideas of a classic Italian hill town, observers see the complex as the new town that Shepheard and Epstein never had the chance to design. A sense of intimate squares and passageways, with a distinct core, combined with an orthogonal modernist assembly is perhaps the easiest way to conceptualise the campus architecture.

FREE! Limited to 50 places. £5 returnable deposit guarantees your place. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please only register if you fully intend to come.

Partners and Presenters: The Modernist Society, Bruce Bennett, Brian Baker, Rob McCarthy, Joy Burgess, Helen Angell, Holly Rowan Hesson, Natalie Bradbury, Miranda Stearn, Adam Robinson, Lancaster Arts, Lancaster School of Architecture

10am for 10.30 start : Lancaster University Library, Library Ave, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YH

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**NB we do not send out tickets for these events - your name will be added to an attendee list**

Supported by AHRC UKRI

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