BACK TO THE FUTURE: Sir Basil Spence (1907-1976), Celebration of a Modern Architect 

19th October 2007 – 10th February 2008
Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

The exhibition, which has been jointly devised and curated by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and the National Galleries of Scotland, draws largely on the Sir Basil Spence Archive held at RCAHMS.

The exhibition considers Spence's extraordinary career which spanned a time of great social change within Britain. Few architects can match the variety of work which he achieved which included a Cathedral, an airport, country houses, universities and an embassy. A wealth of fascinating original material is organised in a series of themes and case studies which explore these key achievements as well as Spence’s less well known works.

"*****" The Guardian

"Innovation is the order of the day" The Scotsman

"Fresh, accessible and seductive" Scotland on Sunday

 Sir Basil Spence: Celebration of a Modern Architect

Touring exhibition

This touring exhibition combines content from the Sir Basil Spence Archive held at RCAHMS with the responses of some people who have lived and worked in his buildings. Imaginatively designed, the exhibition provides a glimpse into Spence’s career and its place in twentieth century British architecture.

Spence-designed buildings such as Coventry Cathedral and Glasgow Airport will host the exhibition whilst other venues provide a unique opportunity for people to learn more about Spence buildings in their community and beyond.

  • 4th August 2007 - 1st September 2007
    Coventry Cathedral, Coventry
  • 8th September 2007 - 6th October 2007
    Swiss Cottage Library, London
  • 13th October 2007 - 27th Edinburgh 2007
    Omni, Edinburgh
  • 22nd November 2007 - 8th December 2007
    Swanson Gallery, Thurso
  • 15th December 2007 - 5th January 2008
    Glasgow Airport, Glasgow
  • 12th January 2008 - 10th February 2008
    Gorbals Library, Glasgow