• Sunday , 8 December 2019

Glamour and Gloom: 1930s Architecture in Belfast


Date: 25 January 2018, 7.00pm

Venue: Old Museum Belfast, 7 College Square North

Entry: UAH Member £10/ Non-member £12

Join the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society for the first lecture of 2018 and to celebrate the launch of Glamour and Gloom: 1930s Architecture in Belfast. Editor Dr Tanja Poppelreuter holds a PhD from Frankfurt University and is a lecturer at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ulster University . She specialises in the architectural history and the theory of the 20th century. She is a member of the Historic Building Council for Northern Ireland, the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) and was awarded the David Saunders Founders Grant as well as the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize.

The lecture will cover buildings featured in the book including the Bank of Ireland which was planned at the cusp of the Great Depression and inspired by the American skyscrapers so that it displays the aims and aspiration of the architect and the bank regarding future prosperity. Cinemas housed the new technology that made sychronised sound possible and the new ‘Talkies’ sparked a cinema boom. The architecture of the new picture palaces epitomised the glamour of Hollywood and a distraction from everyday life. The rise of consumerism is reflected in the luxurious facade of Sinclair’s Department Store and an echo of ‘Egyptomania’ – that had begun with Howard Carter discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen – reverberates the design of Woolworth’s Department Store.

Light refreshments will be included.

Book will be available to buy on the night.

To book tickets click here


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