Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century

From cathedrals to private houses, printing works to art galleries, this exhibition by English Heritage celebrates the post-war era and its finest  listed buildings.  The exhibition first shown in London comes to the city specially for Sheffield Design Week and Love  Architecture Week and features new material giving a special emphasis to the north of England.

It is 25 years since the first  post-war buildings were listed. Now London’s  Royal Festival Hall and Coventry Cathedral are popularly admired but at the time the idea of conserving our recent history was fiercely debated and the future Tate Modern was rejected for listing. Brutal & Beautiful looks at our love/hate relationship with England’s recent architectural past and asks ‘what is worth saving?’ Using stunning photography by James O. Davies, English Heritage’s head of imaging and three short films by Alun Bull featuring interviews with architects and clients of post-war listed buildings, the exhibition will show what makes the post-war era special and why the very best of its buildings are worthy of protection.  The exhibition encourages you to rethink what makes a historic building. With thanks to Urban Splash, the exhibition is displayed in the iconic Park Hill development in Sheffield, whose grade II* has inspired rather than constrained its updating to modern needs.  It is a perfect home for this exhibition during Sheffield Design Week. Dates: Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th

Venue: Park Hill, 
Time: 12noon-6.00pm
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION logo



We are pleased to say that we have organised a special event on Saturday 28th at Park Hill, Sheffield. The published author and curator of Brutal and Beautiful ,  Elain Harwood from English Heritage ,  will be giving a talk about the exhibition,  which  will be followed by a coach trip to the David Mellor House in Sheffield .  This trip will provide a very rare opportunity to see this house , where we will hear from Elain (again) and the current owner of the house.

12.30pm  Meet at Park Hill for

1.00pm Talk by Elain Harwood

2.30pm Coach collection from Park Hill  to David Mellor House

2.45pm Talk by Elain at David Mellor House with current owner

4.00pm Finish

Limted spaces book now! This event is limited in numbers due to coach trip. Please book your ticket below to reserve your place.



Venue Info

Exhibition open from Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th June 12 noon – 6.00pm Park Hill Sheffield S2 5PN

Contact Info

0114 303 0375

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