Understanding Post-War Architecture

A two day course looking at the issues and challenges of post-war architecture for effective heritage management.

This course has been postponed, we will be announcing a new date for the course in due course. If you have booked a place already, you will receive an email on the 14 March 2016.

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.

Engineering Building




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 & 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.

A full timetable can be downloaded here. Please note the timetable is subject to change.


Unfortunately we have had to postpone this course. Bookings will reopen when we have confirmed a new date for later in 2016.

We are delighted to be able to offer the first 8 places on the course at our Early Bird Discount price of £275 including an evening meal with the group and bed & breakfast accommodation at our College Court Conference Centre on the night of the 11 April. Once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

To book a place on the course using a credit or debit card please click here.

To book a place on the course and pay us via and invoice please visit our How to Pay page or email heritagepractice@le.ac.uk.

Further Information

Course Documents

Our Course Director has complied 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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