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We had a great visit to Chapel Studio, in King’s Langley, to see some of our stained glass projects – the dazzling window of Peckham’s Licensed Victuallers’ Chapel now finished and the floral designs for the Royal Hospital of Neuro-disability on their way… plus all the fun of some soldering practice!

For more on some of these projects, watch our immersive VR video here.

We were delighted to visit the new RAF Biggin Hill Memorial Museum to see two completed HOLT projects – the 1930s RAF gates and a poignant memorial stone commemorating RAF support for the Netherlands during World War II. 300 Dutch airman fled to Britain after the Netherlands were invaded in May 1940 and Dutch squadron 322 flew from Biggin Hill. The stone marks the close alliance between the two nations at this critical point in European history. We were joined by our Dutch patron and supporter Annie Mackeson-Sandbach, our President Martin Drury and trustee Edward Benyon.

We were thrilled to bring our Patron to visit two HOLT projects in Barnet this week. One, the concrete Grade II water tower of Avenue House, built by Henry ‘Inky’ Stephens in 1880, is about to go under restoration. The second is the remarkable Barnet Physic Well, a 1930s well house over a 17th century brick vault. The vault was once visited by Samuel Pepys and is still in near perfect condition, filled with clear water. However the well house itself is in a poor state and needs urgent repair. After decades of local hopes for the building, HOLT has helped get the project off the ground. Our royal visit marks the launch of the restoration project, and Barnet Museum will now be taking this forward, building on their HOLT grant.

Group photo L to R: Jonathan Hardy, Urban Design and Heritage Manager, Barnet Council; Cllr Robert Cornelius, Leader of the Council; Elizabeth Whitbourn, Heritage at Risk Projects Officer, Historic England; Mike Jordan, Chairman, Barnet Museum; HRH The Duke of Gloucester; Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust; Mike Noronha, Curator, Barnet Museum; Chris Andrewes, Volunteer, Barnet Museum; Robert Langley, Volunteer, Barnet Museum; Dudley Fishburn, Chairman, Heritage of London Trust; Philip Davies, Trustee, Heritage of London Trust; Martin Russell, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London & the Lord Lieutenant’s representative in Barnet.

We took our Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester on a visit to Southwark’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe – meeting CEO Neil Constable, architect Jon Greenfield and Research Fellow, Will Tosh. We were joined by our trustees and supporters Kit and Tim Kemp, and Annie Mackeson-Sandbach.

(Designers: Fly Davis, Othello, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 2017; Michael Pavelka, Taming of the Shrew, The Globe Theatre, 2017)

Graham Fisher, Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, and Dudley Fishburn, Chairman of the Heritage of London Trust, on a visit to Toynbee Hall as restoration work begins on the building.

Secret passageways of Hampstead – a fascinating walk with author Philip Davies, past the 18th century parish lock-up.

A fantastic visit to Apsley House, Piccadilly, with Josephine Oxley, Keeper of the Wellington Collection. Our first event of the new season!