Exhibitions and Events at Special Collections Sep/Oct


Drawing the Modern: The work of Gordon Hodkinson and post-war architectural education in Manchester

10 September 2018 – 5 April 2019
Image credit Detail from ‘Day Sketch for a Bungalow’ by Gordon Hodkinson. © The estate of Gordon Hodkinson

Drawing the Modern draws on the archive of Gordon Hodkinson (1928-2018), a student of architecture at Manchester Municipal School of Art in the 1940s-1950s.  The exhibition explores post-war architectural education through a selection of Hodkinson’s drawings including sketches, gouache rendered plans and construction details, as well as project briefs and lecture notes.

In Manchester in the mid twentieth century there were two schools of architecture. One was based at Owens College (The University of Manchester) and the other at Manchester Municipal School of Art. At the Municipal School, under the direction of Head of Architecture Douglas Jones, modernism was central to teaching and design in architecture. It was in this modern school of architecture that Gordon Hodkinson studied between 1944 and 1951. He was sponsored by H.T. Seward of the architectural firm Cruickshank & Seward and went on to spend his whole career with the firm. He was involved with the Ferranti factory in Wythenshawe and the nearby headquarters for the Renold Chain Company. Gordon was also project architect for the Renold Building on the former UMIST campus, the city’s best group of twentieth century buildings.

This is the first public exhibition of work from Hodkinson’s archive and that of Cruikshank & Seward. It has been curated by Dr Richard Brook, Reader in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Saturday 20 October 2018, 11am-12.30pm
An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson
Join exhibition curator Dr. Richard Brook as he leads a walking tour of some of the university buildings that Gordon had a hand in during the 1960s, whilst he worked for Cruickshank & Seward.
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Friday 26 October 2018, 10am-3.30pm
Arts and Crafts Discovery Day
Drop-in to Special Collections for an opportunity to see and handle a wide range of decorative objects, books, furniture and textiles from our Arts and Crafts Collection.
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New Acquisitions
John Angus posters
We are very pleased to have be given 106 posters by the artist John Angus. Based in Lancaster, Angus is best known as a designer of posters for cultural events all around the UK from 1974 to 2006. His posters are mainly screen-printed, many by hand.
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Virago Modern Classics
We are delighted to have been given a complete set of Modern Classics by the publishers Virago to mark the fortieth anniversary of their Modern Classics series.
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A History of the North in 100 Objects and Archives
Items from our collections are included in two unique online exhibitions, created as part of The Great Exhibition of the North, that illustrates the importance of the North of England to national and international innovation and culture.

Visit https://www.100objectsnorth.co.uk/ or https://www.100archivesnorth.co.uk/ for more information.


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