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Modernism in Metroland
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 29 September at 10am as part of the Chiltern Heritage Festival, £10 Adult
Sir John Betjeman commented in his 1973 documentary Metro-Land: “All Buckinghamshire was scandalised by the appearance, high above Amersham, of a concrete house in the shape of a letter ‘Y’. It was built for a young professor by a young architect . . . ‘I am the home of the 20th century family’, it proclaimed, ‘that loves air and sun and open country’. It started a style called ‘moderne’.”
In this talk, Alison Bailey looks at the impact of High & Over and the ‘moderne style’, which we now know as modernism, on our local environment, particularly on the development of Amersham in the 20th century and how it is still influencing what we build today.
Tea/coffee served for additional £2pp and ticket holders will have unlimited access to museum afterwards.
The ground floor of the museum is fully accessible to those in wheel-chairs. Access to the first floor is limited to only part of the museum, but information on exhibits is provided on the ground floor.
“Enjoyed our visit to this wonderful interactive museum where you are positively encouraged to touch things!”
“Visited Amersham museum yesterday – lovely place, provides many details on the history of the place. Plenty of cute cafes, pubs and shops around also… not difficult to find free parking nearby. ”
“A well-run, informative and interesting small museum on the main street. It’s mostly volunteer-run and they do a great job in keeping it and making you feel welcome…Check out the herb garden too.”
“Enjoyable film and television location guided walk around Amersham hosted by Amersham Museum – here are the Sun Houses on Highover Park and further up the hill is High & Over.”
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