In pictures: Why we need to keep fighting for our modern heritage

The College of Estate Management, University of Reading, 1970-3, Howell, Killick Partridge & Amis

Source: Elain Harwood

As C20 Society celebrates its 40th anniversary Catherine Croft looks at some of the treasures we might have lost

I little thought, when I first joined the C20 Society as a member, just after finishing part I of my architecture degree at the end of the 80s, that I’d still be involved today.

I’m still here because it has been a constantly evolving job, and an incredibly varied one.

Back when I signed up, I felt very much in the minority as an architecture student – it was a time when architects and conservationists seemed in most cases to be on opposite sides of a great many acrimonious public battles. We had far more planning inquiries back then.

At Cambridge, walking down the Scroope Terrace corridor to hear David Watkin felt almost traitorous, and the one student in my year who knew he wanted to be a conservation expert was viewed as decidedly freakish.

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