the modernist x BDP present - The BDP Talk Series.#6 : Ewan Harrison - Kingsway Stores and the Ends of Empire in West Africa

Full or Concession:

Thursday 16th March 2022
6.15PM FOR A 6.30PM START BDP, 11 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2JB

We are very happy to be welcoming Ewan Harrison to our talk series.  

Kingsway Stores of Nigeria was part of a British owned retail chain that had grown through the first half of the 20th century through the sale of imported luxury goods to British colonial civil servants and expatriate businessmen. At independence, the chain sought to market its existing range of clothing and home-wear to a new African clientele. Building on patterns of colonial intervention in the domestic lives of indigenous people, the Kingsway stores led marketing campaigns including exhibitions and ideal home shows, to sell a vision of modern, and indeed, modernist, domesticity to the African consumer, through newly constructed modernist department stores on prominent urban sites. This talk charts Kingsway’s responses to decolonisation, and the operative uses it made of modernist design in order to prolong its business in the region. 

Ewan Harrison is an architectural historian interested in architecture for business and the business of architecture, in Post-War Britain and its Empire. He is a lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, and a Fellow of the Architectural History and Urbanism Research centre for Western Africa at the University of Liverpool. 
All images courtesy Unilever Archives 

Ticket price is £10 or £8 for concessions (students, unwaged, over 60 etc) and thanks to BDP's generosity includes a free introductory drink and snacks. 

(Modernist Members can also apply discount at checkout.)

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