DOCOMOMO-UK

On the conservation front DOCOMOMO-UK brings an international voice to debates about listed and unlisted buildings at risk, often in alliance with more broadly based organisations like the Twentieth Century Society. Through its professional membership and international connections it also offers access to a unique network in which technical expertise is informed by the parallel research of architectural critics and historians.

In listing and conservation fields DOCOMOMO-UK has actively contributed to successes on such significant works of the Modern Movement as the Boots Pharmaceutical Plant, Beeston (1932) by Owen Williams; the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, (1935) by Eric Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff; London's Highpoints I and II (1935-38), by Berthold Lubetkin; Ernö Goldfinger's own house in Willow Road (1938), which now belongs to the National Trust, and his other works; the Isokon Flats in Lawn Road, London (1934) by Wells Coates, as well as various post-War buildings. DOCOMOMO-Wales, our sub-group in the Principality, were leading protagonists in last stages of the battle to save the world-famous Brynmawr Rubber Factory by the Architects Co-partnership (1948-50). The tragic defeat of national efforts led to the building's demolition in 2001 and the loss of a world-famous structure that was a Listed Building in the elite class of Grade 2-Star and was Wales' finest piece of modern architecture. Thus the battles continue.

DOCOMOMO is routinely consulted on Listing proposals for modern buildings by the UK's Listing agency, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Among members are internationally known historians of Modern Movement architecture and leading British architects who have restored important Modern Movement works.

Like all national working parties, DOCOMOMO-UK is making a register of significant buildings, so it welcomes members from all parts of the country.


Mendelsohn, De La Warr pavilion,
Bexhill 1935


Goldfinger, Trellick Tower, London,
1968