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Saving the Twentieth Century
capel manor, brutal & beautiful
Capel Manor House James O. Davies/English Heritage

The Quadriga Gallery is a new space in Wellington Arch, and recently work has been underway to get it ready for a new exhibition. This year is the hundredth anniversary of the Ancient Monuments Act, and in commemoration of the event, five exhibits have been planned that will honour our English landmarks. The first if these is Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century, which runs until the 24th November. Entry is 4 for adults, 3.60 concessions, and 2.40 for children.

It is a showcase of buildings listed since the end of World War Two, and will cover everything from cathedrals and private houses to war memorials and sculptures. Through photography and video interviews, the exhibit asks what buildings are worth saving?

In an act of serendipity, four modern buildings have just been added to the National Heritage List to coincide with exhibition. These include the Cold War Gravesend Civil Defence Bunker, a concrete electricity sub station in Sheffield called the Spectrum Building, and Capel Manor , a steel-framed private house in Horsmonden. Also receiving an upgrade is The Roman Catholic Church of English Martyrs which is now Grade II status.
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Why? Interesting architecture
When: Until 24th Nov
Phone: 0870 333 1181
Where: Wellington Arch
Cost: 4 adult, 3.60 concession, 2.40 child
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