The De La Warr Pavilion and C20 Society present an online talk by Elain Harwood to mark the launch of her new book, 'Mid Century Britain: Modern Architecture 1938–1963'.

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Elain Harwood is a leading expert and passionate advocate of modern British architecture.

Join her for a talk surveying British architecture from 1938 to 1963. These mid-century buildings are growing in popularity, and we have an ever-increasing understanding of their importance as a background to our lives.

Postwar British architects often saw architecture as a powerful means to improve the quality of our lives after the shadow of war. This is the fascinating story of what they built to meet that challenge.

The buildings range from the Royal Festival Hall and Newcastle City Hall to Deal Pier and Douglas ferry terminal, from prefabs and ice cream parlours to Coventry Cathedral and the Golden Lane Estate. Elain will explore the design and architecture of these buildings and more, and their influence on our lives, towns, and cities.

After her talk, Elain will be joined by DLWP Trustee and trained architectural historian Daphne Thissen for a short discussion.

This event – and the book itself, is a must for anyone interested in our built heritage.

Mid Century Britain: Modern Architecture 1938–1963 is available at the DLWP Shop, with 10% off for our Members & Patrons.

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This talk will be recorded and captioned via Zoom. Please contact if you require British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

With thanks to:

The Twentieth Century Society




Elain Harwood is a historian with Historic England, and author of Space Hope and Brutalism, England’s Post-War Listed Buildings and Art Deco Britain. She gives lectures and leads tours for the C20 Society, and has published Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in association with them, HE and the RIBA, and 100 Buildings/Houses/Churches/Landscapes, 100Years in association with Batsford.

‘Elain Harwood has done more than anyone to enhance understanding of the Mid-Century period’ – Rowan Moore, The Observer

‘Probably nobody alive has done as much for the understanding of the twentieth-century architecture of Britain than Elain Harwood’ – Tribune

‘Incredible insight on the subject, seasoned with the odd quip’ – Jason Sayer, The Architect’s Newspaper + Arch Daily Review


‘C20 Society is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation and celebration of our shared modern design heritage.

We campaign to save the best of twentieth and twenty-first century architecture for future generations, believing that good design enriches lives and creates thriving communities.

To find out more about C20, become a member, and support our work, click here.’


Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets, publishing around 150 books a year under our range of established imprints; BatsfordCollins & BrownNational TrustPavilionPavilion Children’sPitkin and Portico.

High-profile authors include Millie Marotta, Oz Clarke and Gennaro Contaldo. Pavilion Books specialise in managing brand-led publishing programmes with brands and organisations such as The National Trust, Good Housekeeping and Mollie Makes. At the core of the business are specialist lists such as craft, cookery, children’s and textile art.