SAHGB | Annual Symposium

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain’s Annual Symposium: Architecture, the Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War

12-5pm, Friday 8 June and 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9 June 2018

Wolfson Conference Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London

2018 marks the centenary of two events central to the early twentieth century: the cessation of hostilities in the Great War, and the passing of the Representation of the People Act which expanded the franchise significantly, ushering in a new age of democratic participation. Both of these events coloured the following decades as ones of ‘Reconstruction’ and ‘Democratization’; what impact did these impulses have on the built environment?

This two-day Symposium will highlight new directions in scholarship for specialists in interwar and twentieth century history and architectural history, and provide methodological models for those making tentative steps into the study of the built environment of this period from within and outside the discipline.

The study of the built environment in interwar history is growing and developing, asserting its place in longer trajectories of nineteenth and twentieth century design, construction, practice and professionalism. And yet, despite it being a period chronologically (and in some senses, artificially) defined by two major international conflicts, a systematic and holistic examination of the impact of the first of these – the Great War – on the built environment has not yet emerged. The double centenary in 2018 is a fitting moment for the Society to convene a Symposium redressing this imbalance.

For more information and to register, please visit our website. The deadline for registration is 7 June 2018. There are a limited number of reduced student places available.

Please email us if you have any further questions.