Twentieth Century Society

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The Twentieth Century Society (abbreviated as C20) is a British charity which campaigns for the preservation of architectural heritage from 1914 onwards.[1] The society's interests embrace buildings and artefacts that characterise 20th-century Britain.[1] It is formally recognised as one of the National Amenity Societies, and as such is a statutory consultee on alterations to listed buildings within its period of interest, and must be notified of any proposed work to a listed building which involves any element of demolition.[2]

The society was formed as the Thirties Society in 1979, the year in which the prominent "Thirties – British art and design before the War" exhibition was shown at the Hayward Gallery.[3] The society was inspired by and loosely modelled on the Victorian Society, which aims to protect pre-1914 Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Though several modern movement buildings had been recommended for listing by Nikolaus Pevsner in 1970, it was felt by Marcus Binney, John Harris and Sir Simon Jenkins that much more needed to be done.[3] Bevis Hillier was the first president, and Clive Aslet the first honorary secretary.[3] In 1992, the society changed its name to the Twentieth Century Society, as it was felt that "Thirties Society" failed to indicate its interest in the protection of buildings from other periods as well.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "About us". Twentieth Century Society. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Department for Communities and Local Government (24 March 2015), Arrangements for handling heritage applications Direction 2015,, retrieved 5 August 2015 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Stamp, Gavin; Powers, Alan. "A Brief History". Twentieth Century Society. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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