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Exhibition to mark Basil Spence centenary

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Edinburgh's Dean Gallery will be holding an exhibition in the autumn to celebrate the centenary of Basil Spence's birth.

The show will include more than 40,000 letters, models and drawings donated by the architect's family.

Spence, who died in 1976 aged 69, was born in Bombay, India, but went to school in Scotland before studying at the Edinburgh College of Art and moving to London to complete his education at the Bartlett.

The exhibition will include detailed plans of Spence's famous Coventry Cathedral, and there is even correspondence between himself and toy-maker Lego, with the firm requesting permission to replicate his Gorbals tower blocks.

Spence's first post was at the London office of Edwin Lutyens, which had an important influence on Spence's own work. He went on to fight in World War II, and later set up his own company Spence, Glover and Ferguson.

The exhibition will be held at the Dean Gallery from 19 October 2007 to 11 February 2008.

by Richard Vaughan

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