Those nice people at the Isle of Man Victorian Society have invited me over to Douglas on Saturday 26 October 2019 to give a talk in the Manx Museum about Co-op Architecture. Time yet to be confirmed, details to follow. Hoping to see the view from Snaefell on the trip too!
It’s taken a while, but the co-op architecture book is now complete and with the publisher, Liverpool University Press, who will publish it under the Historic England imprint sometime in 2020 hopefully. The whole project has lasted about five fascinating years, travelling around looking at co-op buildings and delving into archives. Thanks to all the staff at the many libraries and archives visited, especially the National Co-operative Archive in Manchester, with whom I shared the joys of working while the surrounding co-op estate was being renovated! Never a day without scaffolding….. These two pics, art deco Tamworth and brutalist Aberdeen, show just how varied co-op architecture can be. Can’t wait to see the proofs.