The Manchester Modernist Society is FIVE!

25mm badge 5 eurostyleINVITATION: The Manchester Modernist Society is FIVE years old.

Can you believe it? We certainly can’t. To celebrate we’re having a bit of a gathering at Twenty Twenty Two.. its a bar in the Northern Quarter, with a quiz and cake.

And you are invited to join us, so please RSVP here. There will be a quiz from Eddy Rhead and a chance to mingle with fellow modernists.

We will also be launching ‘Departed’, which is issue #12 of The Modernist Magazine and the last of the ‘D’s before we revamp and relaunch the mag in December with ‘Expo’, our first ‘E’ edition.

Perhaps we should have a bit of a begin at the beginning: Five years ago Jack Hale and Maureen Ward met for a cup of tea and by the time the pot was empty a plot was hatched. Soon after, Eddy Rhead joined in and the Manchester Modernist Society was formed. Our simple aim was ‘to draw attention to the precarious nature of much of the 20th century backdrop that we often mistakenly take for granted’ through art, design and the odd ‘happenning’.

We began with a picnic in St. Peters square, a celebration of space dominated by civic buildings from the 1930s. Vincent Harris’s majestic Town Hall Extension & Central Library; the Cenotaph designed by Edwin Lutyens and George Gilbert Scott’s twin telephone kiosks acting as sentinels to the magnificent Library Walk without a king, queen, industrialist or prime minister in site, just a Messenger of Peace surrounded by pigeons and a group of strangers with a passion for twentieth century architecture sharing tea and biscuits in the rain. How prescient that we chose this spot given what has been done to St.Peter’s Square in the intervening years. A reminder perhaps that our work and your support is needed as much as ever.

We’ll be celebrating with a few FIVE based blog posts throughout September – keep your eyes peeled for:

FIVE mod soc favourite buildings10590399_10153169408859832_898970011195169640_n

FIVE missing modern buildings

FIVE modernist murals

and FIVE favourite projects from the mod soc archive

So, please join us on the 18th of September at TwentTwentyTwo from 6pm. RSVP here. You can even have a free birthday badge.

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