"Coventry of tomorrow" exhibition

Scope and Content

"Coventry of Tomorrow" series consists of:

  • flyers, programmes, black and white photographic prints (some mounted), press clippings and administrative details,  1940
  • visitor's book for the exhibition,  1940
  • administrative correspondence concerning the organisation of the exhibition,  1940

Administrative / Biographical History

Percy Johnson-Marshall was Honorary Secretary of the Coventry Branch of the Association of Architects, Surveyors and Technical Assistants (AASTA), while working for Donald Gibson's team at Coventry City Architectural and Planning Department. The Branch mounted a week long exhibition entitled "Coventry of tomorrow: towards a beautiful city" from 6-13 May 1940 . This was the culmination of a publicity campaign aiming to generate local enthusiasm for new plans of the city which had been created by Gibson's team. The ideas presented at the exhibition pre-dated the World War II bombing, which started on 14 November 1940 , which led to the requirement for comprehensive redevelopment plans for the city.

The AASTA became became the Association of Building Technicians (ABT) in 1942.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, 1998.


List of sources for the administrative history:

Hubbard, Phil and  Faire, Lucy, Remembering post-war reconstruction: modernism and city planning in Coventry, 1940-1962, (  http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~gypjh/history.html, Loughborough University ,  undated )

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