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A programme of visits and talks is published each year with details on this Events page.

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·        Members can book a ticket for themselves & up to 2 tickets for non-members/guests

·        Price of tickets:  we operate a price differentiation with guests paying 25% more

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·        Cancellations of less than a week will be noted but refunds at discretion of the Event Organiser

·        No refunds will be given on day of the event or retrospectively.

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Live Talk: Alison Bailey: Modernist Architecture in Amersham

11th November 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

£10 – £12.50

Sir John Betjeman commented in his 1973 documentary Metro-Land: “All Buckinghamshire was scandalised by the appearance, high above Amersham, of a concrete house in the shape of a letter ‘Y’. It was built for a young professor by a young architect . . . ‘I am the home of the 20th century family’, it proclaimed, ‘that loves air and sun and open country’. It started a style called ‘moderne’.”

Modernist Architecture in Amersham  – a talk by Alison Bailey

Alison Bailey is a Trustee at Amersham Museum where she  is a volunteer researcher and writer for around 10 years. She is particularly interested in 20th century social history and architecture and has written a book about our local suffragettes. She leads guided walks around Amersham and also have a regular Nostalgia column in the Bucks Free Press.

Garden Aspect of Red House Modernism – Amersham Museum

Modern architecture is a divisive topic in the British culture wars, but love it or loathe it, Modernism is fashionable again and is influencing current architecture. Amersham has several buildings in this style. High & Over is of course the best known and is of national importance, as it is recognised as being the first International Modern Movement house built in Britain. However, at Amersham Museum, we have been researching the history of other modernist style buildings in Amersham which include a church, a school and mid-century housing. This talk will look at some of these buildings, the people who commissioned them and some of the controversies they stirred. It will also look at some of the modernist buildings we have lost.

Modernism Design – Amersham Museum


In this talk, Alison Bailey looks at the impact of High & Over and the ‘moderne style’, which we now know as modernism, on our local environment, particularly on the development of Amersham in the 20th century and how it is still influencing what we build today.

The building is described by English Heritage as “of outstanding importance as the first truly convincing essay in the international style in England.  It is the first work by Connell, who with Basil Ward and Colin Lucas formed the most important architectural practice designing modern movement houses in the inter-war period.” It was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art NY in 1937 in an exhibition titled Modern ‘Architecture in England’.

Mary Buckle, a member of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Research and Recording Team

produced a dossier on High and Over in Amersham – see link:

New Venue: Aylesbury Methodist Church & Centre -

Parking: there is limited parking at the front of the venue including Disabled Parking. Coopers Yard, is next door, 3 hours for £2.10, cash or card. The venue has excellent facilities including a lift to the first floor and access for wheelchair users. The new venue is near the centre of the town and various restaurants and cafes, including The Kings Head, a C15 coaching inn owned by the  National Trust Inn.

Booking:  To ensure a seat you can book a ticket through Ticketsource or turn up on the day & pay by cash, card or cheque. Please note the new Booking and Cancellation Policy will be in place.  Tickets Members £10.00    Guests £12.50. Includes refreshments.

On line booking:





11th November 2023
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
£10 – £12.50
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Bucks Gardens Trust Events Committee
Claire de Carle


Aylesbury Methodist Church and Centre
Buckingham Street
Aylesbury, HP20 2NQ United Kingdom
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01296 426526
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