There was a good turnout of the membership at the 2017 Edgar Wood Society Annual General Meeting, 2pm today. As well as the normal proceedings, society chair, David Morris, updated everyone on the recent THI grant offer for restoring Long Street Methodist Sunday School and the various events, research and other activities of the society over 2017.
Secretary, Christine Grime, then explained how there would be a new series of events running concurrently with the restoration of the buildings and a fund raising project to pay for certain items not covered by the grant… watch this space! David then gave an illustrated talk about the Edgar Wood & Middleton THI and the buildings that have been restored since 2011.
Shortly after 3pm, architectural historian and society curator, Nick Baker, gave a fascinating lecture called “Edgar Wood – Manchester’s Original Modern Architect”. Nick provided a breathtaking sweep across the European and USA avant garde architectural developments at the turn of the last century and showed how Edgar Wood played a vital part in developing international modern architecture before the First World War.