****This group is currently suspended, until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.****
While the Architecture Group is suspended, we will provide a number of resources to sustain your interest, and to help the days of self-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.
You will have heard about the Nightingale temporary hospitals being rapidly converted. They are all in unusual and interesting conference and sports buildings. Shortly there will be some background information on the history and architecture of these buildings. Click on this link: Nightingale Hospital Buildings. ( It will not click through until the research is complete)
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.