New exhibition at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections includes Central Library building plans, exhibition runs 30 November 2015 – 18 March 2016

‘We built this city’: Manchester Architects 1865-2015, profiles architectural drawings of key members of the Manchester Society of Architects alongside the historic Library collection, promoting the rich architectural history of Manchester.

A number of plans form Central Library's collections are on display, including Alfred Waterhouse's iconic sketch of the planned Manchester Town Hall clock tower.

Manchester Town Hall clock tower, c.1874

The exhibition charts the influence of the Society on the cityscape and architectural design in Greater Manchester through original drawings. It reveals the personalities behind the Society, connecting the city with a distinguished lineage of architects, such as founders Alfred Waterhouse and Thomas Worthington. Drawings by Edgar Wood and James Henry Sellers will profile their key works in the city. The exhibition explores the establishment of the Society’s education programme, innovations in building technology, and influence on Town Planning and Conservation.
Rare folios from the Manchester Society of Architects Library at MMU Special Collections show the wealth of material on offer to members who frequented the Society’s rooms.

The Library was created as a teaching tool for students and practitioners to further their understanding of architecture. Highlights include: W and G Audsley’s Polychromatic decoration, 1881; Owen Jones’ Plans, sections and details of the Alhambra, 1842; William Kent’s The design of Inigo Jones, 1770; Palladio’s The four books of Architecture, 1738; Piranesi’s Opera, 1762; and Stuart and Revett’s Antiquities of Athens, 1762-1816.
The exhibition is part of a programme celebrating 150 years of the Manchester Society of Architects.

The exhibition runs 30 November 2015 – 18 March 2016
MMU Special Collections Gallery
3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints
M15 6BH

Opening Times
Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm (term time only)
Saturday 12noon - 4pm (term time only)