Understanding Post-War Architecture

A two day course looking at the issues and challenges of post-war architecture for effective heritage management.
27 - 28 March 2017
University of Leicester
£225 Course only

England was one of the first countries in the world to protect buildings erected since the Second World War, beginning as early as 1987. However, the subject remains a controversial one, especially as not only modern but post-modern buildings become eligible for listing. This two-day course sets out to explain what makes buildings of this era special and at special features of their construction. The course will begin by putting the buildings into their social context of the 1950s and 1960s, and there will be two sessions devoted to detailed studies by building type. It will conclude with a detailed study of a major example of the period currently undergoing repair, the Leicester University Engineering Building by Stirling and Gowan, listed grade II*.

Speakers include Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin of Historic England, respected academics, and independent building historians and architects.

The Grade II* listed Engineering Building, University of Leicester


Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 March 2017


The University of Leicester main campus.

What's to be covered

Topics include

  • The social background of post-war architecture, its context and key dates.
  • Discussions on different building types, Schools, Universities, Public Housing and Private Housing.
  • Apporaches to post-war designation.
  • Conservation of post-war buildings.
  • The redevelopment of post-war cities.
  • A visit to the University of Leicester's Engineering Building.


The provisional course timetable is now available to download.

Please note the timetable is subject to change.


We have now sold out of accommodation for the course, all bookings are now for the course only, and priced at £225.

Further Information

Course Documents

Our Course Director has compiled two documents for those attending the course. A timeline of important events relating to post-war architecture and a book list for those interested in further study of the subject.

To register your interest or if you have any further questions please contact Pete Alfano on heritagepractice@le.ac.uk.

This course is run in partnership with Historic England.Historic England Logo

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