Wednesday 26 October 2pm The Beacon £7 On 1 July 1916, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War began – The Battle of the Somme, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed. To commemorate the centenary of the Somme Offensive, we have invited well-known architectural historian and writer Gavin Stamp to talk about the monument which encapsulates the waste and futility of war, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Designed by the great Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall, the monument was built between 1928 and 1932 out of red brick and limestone. Visited annually today by tens of thousands of tourists, the Thiepval Memorial is arguably the finest structure erected by any British architect in the twentieth century. It bears the names of 73,000 soldiers whose bodies were never found at the end of the Somme campaign.
Gavin Stamp’s brilliant study of this architectural masterpiece was reissued this April by Profile Books to coincide with this year’s centenary of the battle. It tells the story of the memorial’s origin in the context of commemorating the war dead; it considers the giant classical brick arch in architectural terms and it explores its historical significance and resonance today.
Stamp, who has taught at Glasgow School of Art and held a research post at Cambridge, has received much praise for this work which is part of Profile’s Wonder of the World series.
‘Perfectly formed and beautifully written, this book is a minor masterpiece, a paragon of its genre’ Ross Beckie , The Times
‘An invaluable, detailed and illuminating study’ The Guardian
‘This book is a gem…an elegy which resonates powerfully today’ Sunday Telegraph
‘An unforgettable, passionate book’ A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard
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