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Charles Holden’s Master Plan: Building the Bloomsbury Campus

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Free

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Monday to Friday 9:00 to 17:00
Location

Senate House

Event type

Exhibition

‘Charles Holden’s Master Plan’ celebrates the architect’s vision of what a modern university could be through displays of detailed architectural models, archival documents, photo albums, and other mixed media.

An architect drawing of Senate House
This architect drawing shows the original scale envisioned for Senate House

Architect Charles Holden was appointed by Sir William Beveridge, Vice-Chancellor of the Ƶ (1926-1928), to design Ƶ’s new infrastructure for higher education for the city’s flagship university.

Holden would see his ambitious plans for the Ƶ as the culmination of his life’s work and the massive Portland stone clad tower of Senate House, finished in 1937, as his magnum opus.

The exhibition takes place in Senate House, First Floor, Chancellor’s Hall Lobby.

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Preliminary designs for the new buildings of the Ƶ, Bloomsbury

Construction of the Senate House building 1932–1937

The Ƶ commissioned John Currie of Personal Films to document the construction of Senate House.

Its architect, Charles Holden, was appointed by Sir William Beveridge, Vice-Chancellor of the Ƶ (1926–1928), to design Ƶ’s new infrastructure for higher education for the city’s flagship university.

Holden would see his ambitious plans for the Ƶ as the culmination of his life’s work and the massive Portland stone clad tower of Senate House, finished in 1937, as his magnum opus.