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Spence archive to go on show

Plans to put Basil Spence's extensive archive on public display have got the green light thanks to a £1 million cash injection by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The core of Spence's 38,000 drawings, files, photographs, models and manuscripts will go on show at a special exhibition at Edinburgh's Dean Gallery in 2007 - the centenary of Spence's birth.

Spence's archive was donated to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 2003. According to its chairman, Kathleen Dalyell, the grant will allow the archive to be properly catalogued and conserved before going on permanent display at the RCAHMS's public rooms in Edinburgh.

Arguably Britain's best-known post-war architect, Spence's designs include Coventry Cathedral, the University of Sussex, Swiss Cottage Library, Glasgow Airport and the Gorbals housing estate, Glasgow.

by Clive Walker

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