****This group is currently meeting online, until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.****
Architecture Group meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month, at 2pm. They are currently taking place online using the Zoom app. If you need help to join this, please contact the Group Convenor, Philip Bradshaw.Telephone 01254 249764.
While the Architecture Group is not meeting face to face, we are providing a number of resources to sustain your interest, and to help the days of isolation to pass quicker.
Philip has researched this list of Interesting Architectural Films available on YouTube. Take a look, there is plenty here to keep you going.
Group Leader: Philip Bradshaw, telephone 01254 249764. Regular meetings during the winter months are in Trinity Methodist Wesley Room at 2pm on the first Wednesday of the month. During the rest of the year meetings are usually excursions to places of architectural interest, sometimes in conjunction with the other groups.
July visit to Ashton and Fairfield Moravian Settlement
Members of the Architecture and History groups spent the morning at Ashton Old Baths and the Portland Canal Basin. Both, in their own way show that demolition is not the only answer to redundant buildings. The Old Baths has been converted into a stunning hub for small businesses working in IT. The old building has been preserved, but inside is a modern Pod containing offices and meeting rooms and an open terrace on the top. The Victorian brickwork, cast iron columns and hammer beam trusses are seen in all their glory. The Portland canal basin is a thriving museum of both social and industrial history, contained in the repurposed Georgian warehouse at the junction of the Huddersfield, Ashton and Peak forest canals.
After lunch we made the short journey to the Fairfield Moravian Settlement in Droylsden. Here we were given an introduction to the origin and spread of the Moravian church and then a conducted tour of this fascinating settlement which was founded in 1785. Both groups were indebted to Maureen Pilkington for the thoroughness of her preparation for this fascinating day.