Welcome to Manning Clark House

Manning Clark House designed by Robin Boyd in 1952 for Prof Manning Clark & Dymphna Clark

Manning Clark House by Robin Boyd received the Sir Roy Grounds Award for Enduring
Architecture at this year’s ACT Architecture Awards. See full article – click her

We are delighted to announce that Manning Clark House Inc has been successful in gaining a Community Heritage Grant to assist us in managing aspects of the internal environment of the house.

We have been awarded $7169 (ex GST) to address the damage of visible light, ultra violet light and associated heat fluctuations on furnishings, art works, timber and memorabilia in priority areas of the house. These inclide the living-dining-kitchen precinct and the study – rooms so closely associated with the place of MCH in Canberra’s social, cultural and intellectual history.

Extensive consultation has ensured that the treatments used will have minimal impact on the integrity of the house, while ensuring that we meet urgent areas of threat to those core heritage values.

Importantly, this grant is identified as ‘Stage 1’ in a longer-term process in developing a program of heritage preservation and conservation management objectives. We are deeply appreciative of the donations which have already greatly supported this program, including through collaboration with the ACT National Trust.

The award in effect recognises the very special character and value of the MCH site and enterprise, and follows on from our gaining the Australian Institute of Architects Enduring Architecture Award earlier this year, and another award-winning collaboration with the Robin Boyd Foundation in ensuring MCH is accessible to a wider public through an innovative virtual tour: https://robinboyd.org.au/manning-clark/.

These successes are only possible because of the sustained efforts so many of us devote to caring for MCH, and to the advice so willingly offered by experts in conservation, heritage and history. Thanks to them!  

Manning Clark House is a not-for-profit venue and organisation and hosts public cultural events in the former home of Manning and Dymphna Clark in Forrest, Canberra.

Manning and Dymphna Clark both believed passionately that Australians should come up with distinctive solutions for Australian issues and cultural challenges both locally and globally.

Through events like the annual Weekend of Ideas, the Manning and Dymphna Clark lectures, regular talks and discussion groups, Manning Clark House fosters an environment where members are stimulated to express ideas and discuss major issues. It also acts as a cultural incubator in music, song, poetry, literature, and, of course, history.

The daring modernism of the 65-year-old House in Forrest, Canberra, itself reflects the radical and adventurous spirit Manning Clark House fosters among members. It is a place where Australians can be inspired to make their daily lives richer and more meaningful.

Manning Clark House is funded by donations and membership fees.

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