Manchester Modernist Society is a group dedicated to the appreciation of the architecture and urban landscape of this city: Botanists in the concrete jungle. They are lovers of the stark, the brutalist, the functional and – obviously – the modernist. This exhibition, spread across two venues, showcases an enormous cache of their favourite photographs, snapshotting 50 years of Mancunian history. The exhibition splits into three sections: Taking place at ManModSoc’s home near Castlefield, the first part documents the erection of the Hulme colossus in the 60s and 70s, in a collection pulled from MMU’s vast archive – and the second covers the post-war suburban churches of Manchester. At their annexe in Cheetham Hill’s Museum of Transport, you can see the third part – a selection of contemporary photographs taken by the Modernist Society’s roving reporter Steve Marland. The exhibition runs for a short while, but if you want the full treatment, you should book a place on their specially chartered bus on Saturday 20th – it provides a service between the two venues and gives you a greater insight into Manchester, in all its utilitarian glory.

Venue 1: Fri 19 Jun – Fri 26 Jun (not Sun 21 May), Manchester Modernist Society, Hodder+Partners SGI Studios, 1 Kelso Place, M15 4LE, 10am – 6pm, FREE
Venue 2: Sat 20 Jun – Sat 4 Jul (Wed, Sat, Sun only), Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, M8 8UW, 10am – 4.30pm, FREE with Museum entry
Special Bus Tour: Sat 20 Jun, Albert Square, M2 4JW, 1pm (tour pickup), FREE

Fri 19 Jun - Sat 4 Jul
Jon Whiteley
Published on:
Tue 23 Jun 2015