Architecture of Telephone Exchanges - Buildings that time forgot
Technological advances are rapidly rendering telephone exchange equipment obsolete, along with the buildings designed to accommodate it. Telephone exchange buildings are now leased for other use or redeveloped at an increasing rate, with remarkably little attention paid to their architectural value. Apart from iconic buildings such as London’s Mondial House and BT Tower, they are generally unobtrusive, everyday buildings easily overlooked or even forgotten. This lecture will examine the history exchange buildings in the UK, how they came to be built and how they are being re-purposed for the 21st Century.
Speaker: Lisa Kinch – Manchester School of Architecture
Lisa Kinch is an ARB-registered architect and tutor at the Manchester School of Architecture and the University of Salford. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Lancaster University, where she is researching the history of post-war telephone exchange buildings and the relationships between ‘official architecture’, technology and the state in collaboration with BT Archives and Historic England.
If you enjoyed Lisa Kinch’s recent article in the ITP Journal, why not come along to the IET to listen to the author talk in more detail about her work on this fascinating but often overlooked subject. Roger Ward, ITP Journal Sourcing Manager will host this event which will be held in the Turing Lecture Theatre at the IET’s London Savoy Place HQ
This lecture is free to attend. It is preceded by an optional lunch at a cost of £23.60 + VAT where there is an opportunity to network with industry colleagues.
If you wish to attend this lecture, please book your space via the IET website.
During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre-book your lunch. The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £23.60 incl VAT. It is essential to pre-book lunch and pay for it on this website. No payment for event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.
This seminar contributes to the Continuous Professional Development of our Members.