The first exhibition to explore Postmodernism in British Architecture.

The exhibition will focus on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, which it will reveal to be one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future.

Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings. Much of this material has never been exhibited publicly. Displayed the Museum’s exhibition galleries as well adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, the exhibition will forge a rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past.

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988. Credit: John and Jo Peck
Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Credit: Nigel Young


An one-hundred page catalogue to accompany the exhibition is available to buy online here

Talk at Tate Britain
20 July 2018: Postmodernism and the City

Join a discussion at Tate Britain exploring the legacies of Postmodern architecture. Postmodern architecture has been intensely debated since it first emerged in Britain in the late 1970s. This panel discussion explores the contexts in which Postmodernism developed, how London has been shaped by the movement, and the recent surge in interest in Postmodern buildings. How are contemporary architects responding to Postmodernism today? Does Postmodernism remain a radical idea?

Panellists include the acclaimed Postmodern architects Terry Farrell and Piers Gough, alongside founding partner of muf architecture, Liza Fior. The event will be chaired by Professor Jane Pavitt (Kingston University).

The discussion takes place in the Clore Auditorium, designed by James Stirling – part of the Postmodern extension to Tate Britain that was completed in 1987. It follows an afternoon tour (16.00–18.00) exploring the architecture of Tate Britain and its surroundings.

Exhibition: Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture, 16 May 2018 to 27 Aug 2018, Sir John Soane’s Museum London, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

Title Image: John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.