Conservation in the Eye of the Media: Mansion House Square RevisitedConservation in the Eye of the Media: Mansion House Square Revisited
In 1985 the BBC Omnibus Programme devoted an hour of prime-time viewing to the planning inquiry into the demolition of the Victorian Mappin and Webb building at Bank intersection in the City of London, and its proposed replacement by a tower and plaza by Mies van der Rohe. Today, planning inquiries are less frequent and much less newsworthy: what does this tell us about changing attitudes to conservation?
A screening of the original film will be followed by a discussion between participants at the time and current conservation practitioners including Terry Farrell, Robert Thorne, Jenny Freeman and Sophie Andreae.
The event is organised in collaboration with The Twentieth Century Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage to mark the 30th anniversary of the Mansion House enquiry.