The Return of the Past

The Return of the Past

Conversations on Postmodernism

In the late 1970s a new movement emerged in British architecture. Driven by a feeling that modern architecture had run its course, architects associated with what became known as postmodernism began to explore how architecture might once again draw from historical styles, re-engage with cities as they existed, and employ colour, symbol and decoration in ways that were meaningful and popular.

This book features interviews with eight figures associated with postmodernism, reflecting on the inspiration, ideas and influence of a pivotal moment in British architecture.

Featuring: Laurence Bain, Jeremy Dixon, Terry Farrell, Piers Gough and Rex Wilkinson, Charles Jencks, Edward Jones, John Outram and Michael Wilford.

Owen Hopkins is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum and was curator of The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture at Sir John Soane’s Museum (16 May – 26 August 2018).

Erin McKellar is Assistant Curator, Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane's Museum
Product Format
297 x 211
Publication Date
May 16, 2018
Number of Pages