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Historic England at the London Festival of Architecture

Memory & Authenticity: Priorities for Cultural Protection in Conflict

Host: Historic England and the British Council
When: 30 June, 3:30- 5:30pm
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

Drawing on this year's London Festival of Architecture theme, Memory, author and critic Robert Bevan will chair a panel discussion exploring the politics and challenges of protecting and preserving cultural heritage in post-conflict contexts.

It will question who and what are the priorities for the protection of cultural heritage?

Addressing identity, place and memory, the panel of international speakers will look at the impact of digital technology and the future of preservation.

Chair: Rob Bevan

Brendan Cormier, Curator V&A
Shoshana Stewart, CEO Turquoise Mountain
Alexandra Warr, Senior International Adviser Historic England
Ines Weizman, Director Bauhaus-Institute of History and Theory of Architecture and Planning + Director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Tickets: £10 / £7 concessions

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Rebuilding of Ferhadija Mosque, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rebuilding of Ferhadija Mosque, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Image: Derek Wiesehahn © 2016 Vast Productions USA

Stepney Green in the late 19th Century: Charles Booth and the Jewish East End

Host: David English, Historic Places Advisor, Historic England
When: 8 June, 1 - 1:30pm
Where: Meet outside Stifford Community Centre, 2-6 Cressy Place, Stepney Green, London, E1 3JG

Of the successive waves of immigrants that have shaped London's East End, the Jewish population of the late 19th and early 20th centuries left us with a particularly rich architectural legacy.

Stepney Green, the focus of this tour, was located on the edge of Jewish Whitechapel, which was known internationally as a Jewish enclave and was home to thousands of Jews, many escaping persecution in Eastern Europe. Due to its historic human geography and the number of buildings that survive in close proximity to one another, Stepney Green allows us to study how as patrons, residents, users or architects, Jewish East Enders integrated and interacted with existing populations and wider society.

Taking in philanthropic housing blocks, a school and a synagogue, as well as Charles Booth's ethnographic studies, this short tour will help you appreciate how multi-cultural London developed and highlight defining features of this charming neighbourhood's historic character.

Tickets: Sold Out

View of Stepney Jewish Schools
Stepney Jewish Schools © Historic England DP045029

Architectural Tour of Kensal Green Cemetery

When: 11 June, 11:30am - 1pm
Where: Meet at the Grade I listed Anglican Chapel in the centre of the cemetery

This walking tour of Kensal Green Cemetery, one of London's 'Magnificent Seven' Victorian cemeteries will focus on the history and architecture of the cemetery's principal buildings, as well as some of the notable tombs. There will be an opportunity to see some of the recent conservation work to seven of the listed monuments, grant-funded by Historic England. Walking shoes are recommended.

The tour will be guided by Henry Vivian-Neal who is a Trustee of and Chief Guide for The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. He has recently completed, with Prof James Stevens Curl, The Architecture of Kensal Green Cemetery or Impressive and Solemn - copies will be available at the conclusion of the tour. The other guide is Dr Jenny Freeman OBE, Chair of The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. She is a co-author, among other publications, of Kensal Green Cemetery (Phillimore,2001). She organised the repair and conversion of the Dissenters' Chapel in 1997 from a derelict condition. She also commissioned the cemetery's Landscape Plan and is a member of the Steering Group for the Anglican Chapel.

Henry and Jenny will be joined by Verena McCaig and Rebecca Barrett from the Heritage at Risk team at Historic England.

Tickets: To support the work of The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, a donation of £10 per person is requested. This will be payable to The Friends on the day (cash only).

To book a place on the tour please email Valeria Powell

Kensal Green Cemetery
Kensal Green Cemetery © Historic England DP165200

Where Shall She Live? - Housing working women in Victorian/Edwardian London

Host: Emily Gee
When: 14 June, 6 - 7pm
Where: Restup London, Driscoll House, 172 New Kent Road, London, SE1 4YT

The rapid increase of women clerical workers in Britain around 1900 created an urgent need for affordable and respectable accommodation in our cities, and a number of campaigns to provide it. Building on models of Victorian ladies' residential chambers, and the larger working men's hostels, the new working women's hostels that emerged were proud, architect-designed buildings with careful provision of private and communal spaces. These little-known buildings, numerous in London, helped a new generation of working women in the capital through innovative business models, homely accommodation behind smart facades, empowering communal rooms and a range of sleeping options to suit various budgets.

Emily Gee, Historic England's London Planning Director, will introduce the architectural and social history of this building type and consider how we conserve the memory and fabric of these buildings - that may have housed our own great grandmothers - in London today. The illustrated talk will be held in the Edwardian tiled common room of the Grade II listed former Ada Lewis Women's Lodging House, now effectively reused as the Rest Up hostel, on the New Kent Road.

Tickets: Free

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View of Driscoll House Southwark
Driscoll House, Southwark © Historic England DP021727

Meat and Milk; Clerkenwell to Islington, London’s meat and dairy story

Host: Billy Reading
When: 20 June, 12 - 1:45pm
Where: Statue at the centre of West Smithfield Rotunda Garden, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DY to Angel Station

Discover layers of history at Smithfield, part of London that is synonymous with the meat trade. Smithfield has a long and fascinating history that predates Horace Jones' epic Victorian market buildings. The walk will also uncover some hidden histories from the area's past, from mediaeval fairs to monastic houses, from Watt Tyler to Aston Webb. This journey will show how the urban environment in and around Smithfield is physically shaped by historical activities and events that have taken place there over the centuries.

Billy Reading is an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for Historic England, working on the Government estate. He is an architect by training and has been with the organisation for ten years. Billy has lectured and led numerous walks and cycle tours on behalf of such diverse organisations as the Weald and Downland Museum, the Building Exploratory and the Parliamentary Estate. He is also a published author; his recent book on the history of British Fire Stations is published by Amberley Books this month.

Tickets: Sold Out

Meat hanging in Smithfield Market
Meat displayed outside the premises of the Morris Beef Company Limited at Smithfield Market © Historic England BL25713/002

PoMo on Pedals

Host: Elain Harwood
When: 25 June, 10am - 1:45pm (approx.)
Where: Meet outside No.1 Poultry

Historic England has been undertaking research on the post-modernist architecture of the 1980s, following threats to many of its finest examples. The tour will start at Bank Station outside No.1 Poultry by James Stirling and Michael Wilford, England's youngest listed building from 1994-8 (Grade II*) and circumnavigate Docklands to include examples of work by CZWG, Jeremy Dixon, Gordon Cullen, Richard MacCormac and John Outram's remarkable Isle of Dogs Pumping Station. We will cross the river using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

The gently paced tour will be mainly on quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths. It will conclude at St Katharine's Dock c.1:45pm, where there are pubs and cafés.

Maximum number 25, bring your own bike (the area is not all covered by Santander Cycles), snacks and spare parts.

Elain Harwood is a senior architectural investigator with Historic England and co-author with Geraint Franklin of the forthcoming book Post-Modernism in Britain.

Tickets: Sold Out

General view of glazed blue tile elevation of the Circle
The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, Shad Thames, London © Historic England DP195644
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