THE SIR BASIL SPENCE ARCHIVE PROJECT
CELEBRATION OF A MODERN ARCHITECT
Sir Basil Spence (1907-1976) was one of Britain’s most celebrated Modern architects of the post war era.
Modernism was a movement of tremendous creativity which stemmed partly from its tension between individual artistic expression and large scale mass building programmes.
This tension fundamentally structured Spence’s life and work. Spence’s illustrious public reputation was grounded both in stately monumental projects such as Coventry Cathedral, public buildings such as the British Embassy in Rome and in the mass-produced output of council housing and new universities.
The Sir Basil Spence Archive was presented to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) by the Spence family in 2003. The Archive comprises nearly 40,000 drawings, photographs, manuscripts and news cuttings. This material is available for public study and enjoyment and can be accessed through RCAHMS's online database.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
A creative workshop series engaged with community groups and schools to explore the work of Sir Basil Spence. Find out what we did and how you can explore some of our ideas further.
A range of contemporary artists, architects, designers and commentators share their thoughts on Spence's work and achievements through writings, videos and podcasts.
- 19th October 2007 – 10th February 2008
Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Sir Basil Spence: Celebration of a Modern Architect
- 4th August 2007 -1st September 2007
Coventry Cathedral, Coventry
- 8th September 2007-6th October 2007
Swiss Cottage Library, London
- 13th October 2007-27th October 2007
- 22nd November 2007-8th December 2007
Swanson Gallery, Thurso
- 15th December 2007-5th January 2008
Glasgow Airport, Glasgow
- 12th January 2008-10th February 2008
Gorbals Library, Glasgow
Posted on Thursday 25 October 2007
The National Galleries of Scotland have put together a programme of talks and lectures which look at Sir Basil Spence’s work and career.