The exhibition charts the influence of the Society on the cityscape and architectural design in Greater Manchester through original drawings. It reveals the personalities behind the Society, connecting the city with a distinguished lineage of architects, such as founders Alfred Waterhouse and Thomas Worthington. Drawings by Edgar Wood and James Henry Sellers will profile their key works in the city. The exhibition explores the establishment of the Society’s education programme, innovations in building technology, and influence on Town Planning and Conservation.

Rare folios from the Manchester Society of Architects Library at MMU Special Collections show the wealth of material on offer to members who frequented the Society’s rooms. The Library was created as a teaching tool for students and practitioners to further their understanding of architecture. Highlights include: W and G Audsley’s Polychromatic decoration, 1881; Owen Jones’ Plans, sections and details of the Alhambra, 1842; William Kent’s The design of Inigo Jones, 1770; Palladio’s The four books of Architecture, 1738; Piranesi’s Opera, 1762; and Stuart and Revett’s Antiquities of Athens, 1762-1816.

The exhibition is part of a programme celebrating 150 years of Manchester Architects:

3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester
Metropolitan University, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH
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When entering the library please report to the main library desk for access through the security gates. Turn left and take the lift to the 3rd floor. The Special Collections is on the right when exiting the lift.