Exhibition celebrates Spence heritage

The University is celebrating its unique architectural heritage with a public exhibition devoted to its Spence buildings.

Maurice Howard and Maggie CluneProfessor Maurice Howard shows off the original architectural model for Pevensey 1

Model of original campusThe original architectural model of Spence's core campus buildings

The exhibition, curated by art historian Professor Maurice Howard, features rare drawings, models and other artifacts relating to core campus buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence.

The eminent architect, whose work is currently featured in the Britons of Distinction series of postage stamps, was architect of Coventry Cathedral (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, alongside Sussex).

The Sussex buildings were the first from the1960s to earn listed building status, awarded nearly 20 years ago.

The exhibition: runs 10 May–14 June, Monday-Saturday, 10.30am–5.30pm, in Arts A108.

In addition to the exhibition, Sussex alumna and Spence scholar Dr Louise Campbell will be giving a talk on the architect’s Sussex legacy and other work at a special lecture on campus, introduced by the architect Anthony Blee, who was Spence’s son-in-law and worked with him on the University campus.

The lecture takes place in the Chichester Lecture Theatre on 23 May at 6.30pm.