London Festival of Architecture: 1-30 June 2018

We’ve teamed up with the London Festival of Architecture to bring you free walking tours and a panel discussion exploring the history of protest in the city.

The London Festival of Architecture returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2018 with a lively and diverse programme of public events exploring the theme ‘identity’.

Sites of Sabotage: a history of protest, Royal Academy

Monday 11 June 2018, 6.30pm - 8pm, The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. Admission £15, concessions £9.

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From burnt-down pillar boxes to powerful street art, this panel discussion will explore if there is historic value in sites that have witnessed political and social protest.

In February 1912 Emmeline Pankhurst declared that: “the argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics”. The right for some women to vote was won in 1918, in part through militant protest, including a considerable number of attacks on the built environment - both public and private property. The Royal Academy itself was a prominent site of protest.

The panel will debate this hot topic in light of Historic England’s upcoming Suffrage Centenary listings that form part of Historic England’s HerStories campaign to enrich the national record of listed sites with women’s history - making history Her Story.

Prof Krista Cowman - Professor of History and Director of Research, University of Lincoln; author of Women in British politics, c. 1689-1979
Emily Gee - London Planning Director, Historic England
Stewy - artist, author of life size stencils of psycho-geographically placed British icons, such as Mary on the Green.

The discussion will be chaired by Rachel Cooke, journalist and writer.
This event is organised by the Royal Academy and Historic England as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, Leader of the Women's Suffragette movement, is arrested outside Buckingham Palace while trying to present a petition to King George V in May 1914.
Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, Leader of the Women's Suffragette movement, is arrested outside Buckingham Palace while trying to present a petition to King George V in May 1914. © Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Hatton Garden walking tour

Wednesday 13 June, 5pm - 6.30pm. The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7RA. FREE event, registration required.

The tour will take in the rich and varied history of the Hatton Garden area, which dates back to the 13th Century and encompasses a wide range of buildings of varying architectural styles and ages. We will also look at the role of Historic England and heritage conservation in the management of the Hatton Garden area and particularly the more recent developments.

Meet outside the Sir Christopher Hatton on Leather Lane.

Hatton Garden in London
A view of Hatton Garden in London © Historic England

Bastions and Bricks - Roman London walking tour with @InspectorSidell

Wednesday 20 June, 5.30pm - 7pm. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN. FREE event, registration required.

Stroll through a corner of Roman London with Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England.

London has been a thriving City for nearly 2,000 years, and architectural elements survive from the Roman fort and city, in some unlikely places. In the past, developers have played havoc with historic fabric, but more recently have realised that character and distinction can be brought to their schemes by carefully incorporating earlier fabric.

This walk will look at the surviving upstanding elements of the Cripplegate Roman Fort, and its history of survival and conservation. It will include rare access into the space where the footings of the western gate are located. Several of the exceptionally well preserved bastions added in the medieval period survive within the Barbican landscape and form the next part of the walk, which will end at the just completed scheme of London Wall Place. This modern office development has created a great piece of public realm, imaginatively incorporating St Alphage Roman Wall and the Tower of St Mary Elsyng Spital.

Please note there are steps involved so unfortunately the walk is not suitable for wheelchair access.

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Roman London by @InspectorSidell
Roman London by @InspectorSidell © Jane Sidell
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