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Great Lengths: On the Art & Architecture of Historic Swimming Pools & Lidos Simon Inglis Wednesday 27 February 2019

Great Lengths - on the art and architecture of Britain's historic swimming pools and lidos

Swimming is Britain’s second favourite form of physical recreation (after walking). Almost everyone has memories of visiting their local baths. But whilst not all these memories might be positive – drooping knitted cozzies anyone? – for many swimmers the baths themselves are cherished. Some, particular those built in the late Victorian and Edwardian years, are rich with decorative tilework, stained glass, polished wood and terracotta detailing. This sense of municipal pride continued into the 1920s and ’30s, when Art Deco and Modernist lidos became the urban beaches of their day. In this lecture, Simon highlights the treasures of aquatic art that survive, and considers how the pools of today compare. 

Simon Inglis:  Writer and historian Simon Inglis specialises in the architecture and heritage of sport and recreation.  Since 2004 he has edited the 'Player in Britain' series for English Heritage.  Although sport and recreation might seem an unlikely subject for The Arts Society, non-sporty types need have no fear as Simon's themes are architecture, design, heritage and popular culture.  After a history degree at University College London, he freelanced for various publications, including the Guardian Observer and Radio Times.  He has curated exhibitions for the Building Centre and the British Council, been a regular contributor to radio and television, has travelled and lectured extensively and written a number of books.  Two were shortlisted for the Williams Hill Sports Book of the Year, while another on British football grounds, was chosen by journalist Frank Keating as the best sports book of the 20th Century.  A recent highpoint in his work for English Heritage was the listing of a 1970's skatepart in Essex, a world first that made the 10 o'clock News.