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Architecture Week 2007

Different Perspectives

Organised nationally by a partnership of Arts Council England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architecture Centre Network, Architecture Week is the national celebration of contemporary architecture. Now in its 11th year (2007), Architecture Week has involved hundreds of organisations, and engaged thousands of people of all ages, and from all walks of life.
In Guildford the programme started with the inaugural Annual Lecture by Christopher Nash, Managing Director of Grimshaw, entitled "Perspectives on Architecture: Global Responses". This was organised jointly by the Guildford Society and the University of Surrey. It was held in the School of Management at the University of Surrey on Tuesday 12 June.

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Jo Baker Assistant Arts Administrator, Christopher Nash (Speaker), Jennifer Jordan Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Margaret Whalen Chair of the Guildford Society, Michael Jeffrey Vice Chairman Guildford Society, Professor John Turner Deputy Vice Chancellor,  Pat Grayburn OBE Arts Administrator .

Inaugural Annual Architecture Lecture 2007

High StreetGuildford High Street - Photo Doug Scott
Most visitors come to see Guildford's High Street with it's iconic granite setts overlooked by the historic Guildhall clock. Many are unaware that Guildford has an equally historic Navigation and owes its existence to the river Wey. 

The exhibition "Guildford from the River Wey" was organised by the Guildford Society, working with the Guildford Photographic Society and Guildford House. It was open in the Brew House from June 16th through June 23rd with a Private Viewing and reception with the Mayor of Guildford, Michael Nevins on Monday June 18th.  

The theme for 2007 was “Different Perspectives”. The exhibition looked at Guildford from the River Wey. It illustrated how the River Wey has influenced the Town, from its earliest roots as a gap cut through the North Downs, to the Mills which provided power for grinding corn and weaving cloth,  to the  commerce and industry brought by the Navigation and finally to become a focus for leisure. Each of these has left its mark upon the layout of the town and the buildings that we see around us. To take a virtual tour of the exhibition click here Exhibition

Accompanying the exhibition, there were talks on Guildford’s Green Projects, including Hydro Electric Power, the History of the Wey and Guildford High Street. There were also guided walks around the University and along the river. To see the History of the River Wey click here History of the River Wey

Prior to the exhibition a number of mystery photographs were published in the local press. These showed views of objects in Guildford High Street and along the river from “Different Perspectives”, Readers were invited to identify the mystery objects. The mystery photos and the answers were on display in the exhibition and can be seen here Mystery Photos


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