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The Public Sculpture of Britain series published by the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s National Recording Project/University of Liverpool including published (or forthcoming) volumes on the City of London, Glasgow, Warwickshire with Solihull and Coventry, Leicestershire and Rutland, North East England, Birmingham and Liverpool.

L. Alloway,‘Britain’s New Iron Age’, Artnews, Summer 1953, Vol. 52, pp. 19-20, 68-70.

Roger Armfelt, Our Changing Schools – A Picture for Parents, HMSO, London 1950

G. Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, [first pub. 1958], Beacon Press, Boston, 1964

M. Banham and B. Hillier, (eds.), A Tonic to the Nation, The Festival of Britain 1951, Thames and Hudson, London, 1976

John Berger, ‘Artists and Schools’, in New Statesman, 27 July 1957

John Berger, Ways of Seeing, BBC/Penguin Books, 1972

British Sculpture and Painting in the Collection of the Leicestershire Education Authority, (ex. cat.), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in collaboration with Loughborough University of Technology, Dec-Jan 1967/68.

R. Burstow, ‘Did the1950s see a Renaissance of British Sculpture?’, Art and Artists, June 1984, No. 213, pp. 12-14.

R. Burstow, Symbols for ’51, the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon and Sculptures for the Festival of Britain, The Ballroom, Main Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, London, 2 March – 21 April 1996.

R. Burstow, ‘Modern Sculpture in the South Bank Townscape’, Twentieth Century Society Journal, Vol. 5.

Andrew Causey, Sculpture Since 1945, Oxford, 1998

‘City Sculpture’, Studio International, January 1972 – special issue on Peter Stuyvesant City Sculpture Project 1972.

J., Collischan, Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Lund Humphries, London, 2000

Penelope Curtis, Modern British Sculpture, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 1988

Rosalyn Deutsche, Evictions - Art and Social Politics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A., 1996

M. Dudek, Architecture of Schools, The New Learning Environments, Architectural Press, London, 2000

S. Duncan, ‘Tension and Vitality – Figurative Sculpture of the Fifties’, Artscribe, June 1982, No. 35.

M. Foucault, ‘Nietzsche, Genealogy, History’, [first pub. 1971], The Foucault Reader, P. Rabinow, (ed.), Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1991

M. Frayn, ‘Festival of Britain’, The Age of Austerity, P. French and M. Sissons, (eds.), Hodder and Stourton, London, 1963

M. Garlake, New Art New World – British Art in Post-War Society, Yale University Press, New Haven, U.S.A., 1998

John R. Gold, The Experience of Modernism: Modern Architects and the Future City 1928-1953, E & FN Spon, London, 1997

B. Goodchild, Housing and the Urban Environment, Blackwell, Oxford/London, 1997

Mel Gooding, Public: Art : Space, A Decade of Public Art, Merrell Holberton Publishers, Public Art Commissions Agency, London, 1998

C. Harrison, and P. Wood. (eds.), Art in Theory 1900-1990, An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Blackwell, Oxford and Cambridge / U.S.A., 1992

R. Hewison, In Anger, Culture in the Cold War 1945-1960, [first published by George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd., London, 1981], revised edition: Methuen, London,1988

R., Hewison, Culture and Consensus, England, Art and Politics since 1940, Methuen, London, 1995

E., Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes, The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991, Michael Joseph, London,1994

A. Lapp,‘The Freedom of Sculpture – The Sculpture of Freedom : The International Sculpture Competition for a Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner, London 1951-3’, in The Sculpture Journal, 1998, Vol. II, pp. 113-122.

H. Lefebvre, The Production of Space, [trans. D. Nicholson-Smith, first pub. 1974], Blackwell, Oxford, 1991

Mervyn Levy, 'Pionnering Patronage for Schools : British Art in Lecestershire’, Studio, September 1963, Vol. 166, No. 845, pp. 92-97.

P. Lewis, The Fifties, The Cupid Press, London, 1989

C. Lindey, Art in the Cold War, The Herbert Press, London, 1990

J.F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition : A Report on Knowledge, [first pub. 1979], Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1984

Making Places – Working with Art in the Public Realm, Public Arts, Wakefield, 2001

John Mander, Leicester Schools 1944-1974, Leicester City Council Recreation Department, 1980

D. Mellor, ‘Existentialism and Post-War British Art’, Paris Post-War – Art and Existentialism 1945-1955, Morris, F., Tate Gallery, London, 1993

Sergiusz Michalski, Public Monuments, Art in Political Bondage 1870-1997, Reaktion Books, London, 1998. Excellent bibliography for further references.

Ministry of Education, The Story of Post-War School-Building, HMSO, London, 1957

Malcolm Miles, Art, Space and the City: Public Art and Urban Futures, Routledge, London, 1997

E. Mullins, ‘The Open-Air Vision, A Survey of Sculpture in London since 1945’, in Apollo, August 1962, Vol. 76, No. 6, pp. 455-463.

Sandy Nairne and Nicholas Serota, (eds.), British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London,1981

P. Nuttgens, The Home Front, Housing the People 1840-1990, BBC Books, London, 1989

Eric Pearson, Trends in School Design : British Primary Schools Today, Macmillan, London, 1972

A. Ravetz, Remaking Cities, Croom Helm, London, 1980

H. Read, ‘New Aspects of British Sculpture’, The XXVI Venice Biennale, British Pavilion, British Council, London,Westminster Press,1952

H. Read, The Art of Sculpture, Faber & Faber, London,1956

H. Read, Modern Sculpture, [first published as A Concise History of Modern Sculpture, 1964], Thames and Hudson, London,1994

H. Read, Education through Art, [First pub.1943], Faber & Faber, London, 1956

A.L. Rees and F. Borzello (eds.), The New Art History, Camden Press, London, 1986

E. Rosenberg and Richard Cork, Architects’ Choice; Art and Architecture in Great Britain Since 1945, Thames and Hudson, London, 1992

S. Sadler, The Situationist City, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. / London, 1998

Andrew Saint, Towards a Social Architecture, The Role of School Building in Post-War England, Yale University Press, New Haven / London, 1987

M. Seaborne, Primary School Design, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1971

Sculpture for a New Europe : Public Sculpture from Britain and the 2 Germanies 1945-1968, (ex. cat.), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, December 1999. In particular, see ‘Henry Moore, Reclining Figure : Festival, 1950’.

Sculpture in Harlow, Harlow Development Corporation, 1973. Photographs by Graham Portlock.

The Sculptor Speaks - extracts from recordings with post-war British sculptors, National Life Story Collection/Henry Moore Institute, 2001. This CD - rom features short extracts from interviews with post-war British sculptors - extensive information can be obtained on the material in the full recordings from the British Library website. All summaries of interviews from various projects are accessible at A number of the interviewees discuss issues of relevance to ASS - for example, various artists and architects talk about the work they did for the Festival of Britain.

Harriet F Senie, Contemporary Public Sculpture – Tradition, Transformation and Controversy, Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford, 1992

Harriet Senie and Sally Webster, (eds.), Critical Issues in Public Art : Content, Context and Controversy, Smithsonian Institute Press, New York, 1992

J. Spalding, (ed.), The Forgotten Fifties, (ex. cat.), Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, 31 March – 13 May 1984 (and tour).

C. S. Spencer, ‘The Phenomenon of British Sculpture’, Studio International, March 1965, Vol. 169, No. 863.

W. J. Strachan, Open Air Sculpture in Britain, Zwemmer/Tate Gallery, London, 1984

A.D.B. Sylvester, ‘Festival Sculpture’, Studio, September 1951, Vol. 142, No. 702, pp. 72–77.

D. Thistlewood,, Herbert Read, Formlessness and Form – An Introduction to his Aesthetics, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London / Henley / Melbourne (Australia) / Boston (U.S.A), 1984

D. Thistlewood, and B. Read (eds.), Herbert Read – A British Vision of World Art, Leeds City Art Galleries/The Henry Moore Foundation/Lund Humphries, Leeds and London, 1993

Urban Regeneration, Aspects of Britain, HMSO, 1995

Paul Usherwood, ‘The Media Success of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North’, Visual Culture in Britain, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2001, pp. 35 – 45.

John A Walker, Art and Outrage, Provocation, Controversy and the Visual Arts, Pluto Press, London,1999

Colin Ward, (ed.), British School Buildings, Designs and Appraisals 1964-74, Architectural Press, London, 1976

G.S Whittet, ‘Open Air Sculpture at Antwerp’, Studio, December 1953, No. 729, pp. 172 – 177.

J. Wolff, The Social Production of Art, [first pub. 1981], Macmillan, London, 1993

Exhibition catalogues for LCC/Arts Council of Great Britain open-air shows in Battersea Park and Holland Park 1948 – 1966

Exhibition catalogues for Arts Council touring shows of contemporary British sculpture 1950s and 1960s


Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute in London – architecture and sculpture photographic libraries
Henry Moore Institute Archive and Centre for the Study of Sculpture at Leeds – see weblinks
Henry Moore Foundation archive at Perry Green – see weblinks
Tate Archive – see weblinks