BUILDING On philanthropy: the modern Victorians

Friday 30 June 2017, 9.30 – 17.00 Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE

London in the 1800s struggled with poverty, dire sanitation, an acutely expanding population and housing shortages. Much of London was overcrowded slums and progress seemed impossible for many. A handful of notable figures led campaigns for change in different ways. By World War I, the city had been transformed by new working standards, educational reforms and exemplary building schemes.

This conference looks at the role of philanthropy in driving change, inspiration and lessons from the past, and realistic expectations for the future.

The Heritage of London Trust’s Conservation Conference has been held every year since 1983 and is a unique occasion when all London local authorities are represented and the latest planning ideas and developments discussed.

The theme for the morning session this year is Victorian philanthropy and its impact; in the afternoon, the theme is evolving models to meet today’s challenges.

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Speakers include

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: William Shawcross CVO, Chairman, Charity Commission

CHAIRS to include: David Goldberg, Founder & CEO, Founders Pledge

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper 

The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury and his legacy


Prof Jerry White, Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London 

Slums and homelessness in the 19th century – the London housing problem


Martin Stilwell MA, historian 

Housing the workers – the birth of London’s council housing


Dr Peter Mitchell, Research Fellow, Sussex University 

The Victorian philanthropists


Damian Brady, Chief Operating Officer, Toynbee Hall 

Arnold Toynbee and Toynbee Hall


Prof Peter Catterall, Professor of History & Policy, University of Westminster 

Sewage and the City: Bazalgette & Crossness Pumping Station


Prof Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Oxford

The economics of Victorian philanthropy

Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive, Peabody 

Peabody and affordable housing


Dr Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing, Historic England 

London Pride: identifying the special places of London


Dr Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust 

Keeping London’s history alive


Ken Rorrison, Design Manager, Hackney Council 

Regeneration in Hackney


Dr Beth Breeze, Director, Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent 

Philanthropic decision-making


Prof Cathy Pharoah, Director, Centre of Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School 

Evolving philanthropy: emerging trends


Dr Jonathan Bone, Quantitative Researcher, NESTA

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Tickets are £55 and can be booked here.

Lunch and refreshments during the day are included.

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Wednesday 24 May 2017, 12.00 – 1.30 pm

133 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QU

Join us for a rare glimpse into the private gardens and squares of the Grosvenor Estate in Belgravia. These are magnificent examples of a late Georgian picturesque townscape and have a fascinating 20th century history too.

We will meet at the headquarters of the Grosvenor landscape team in Ebury Street at 12 pm for a short talk on the development of Belgravia. We’ll then have a walking tour around Eaton Square, Chester Square and Belgrave Square.

The visit has been arranged to coincide with ‘Belgravia in Bloom’, Grosvenor’s contribution to the Chelsea Flower Show Fringe. The tour will be led by Tim Jones, Associate Director of the London Estate.

We will finish with a light lunch in the gardens of Belgrave Square.

Tickets are £15 and can be booked online here.

Emery Walker’s House tour

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 10.00 – 11.30 am

7 Hammersmith Terrace, W6 9TS

We are very sorry but this event is now fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Emery Walker was one of the most important early typographers, collaborator of William Morris and influential member of the Arts & Crafts movement. His house in Hammersmith, lined with Morris wallpaper and textiles, 17th and 18th century furniture and ceramics and Arts & Crafts treasures, has been unaltered since the 1930s. It was saved as a private house museum by Sir John Betjeman, who believed it ‘a kingdom that can never be created again’.

HOLT gave a grant towards the ceramics in the conservatory in 2014; the house has just reopened after major restoration work.

Join us for a tour by Helen Elletson, Manager & Curator of the house, and Simon Daykin who has led the restoration project.

Tickets are £10.

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THe Charterhouse tour

Friday 14 July 2017, 9.30- 10.45 am

Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AN

Monastery, Tudor mansion, boys’ school and almshouse, The Charterhouse now has its own museum which tells the history of this fascinating corner of London from the 14th century onwards. The Charterhouse is still in use as an almshouse, but opened to the public for the first time in its history in January.

HOLT has recently supported the restoration of the Sir Henry Havelock memorial in the 17th century cloister. Our tour will include a visit to the Museum, with collections from both the Charterhouse and the Museum of London, and a tour of the main rooms – the Great Chamber on the first floor, where Queen Elizabeth I once held court, the Great Hall, cloisters and chapel. There is a cafe on site where the tour will end at 10.45.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked online here.

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Thursday 22 September 2016, 7.30 pm Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ

“outstanding”, “meltingly beautiful” – Joanna Songi sings songs about London…

Be transported into London’s vibrant streetscape and its darkest corners, meet its lavender-sellers and Thames boatmen, 19th century émigrés and the Bloomsbury set through songs and readings.. Two rising stars of the opera and concert world, Joanna Songi (“both vocal beauty and bite” – The Observer) and Jerome Knox (Royal College of Music International Opera School, Radio 3, performing all over the UK, France and Germany) are joined by pianist Nigel Foster (Director of the London Song Festival). The actress Sarah Berger, star of the RSC and six West End shows as well as director and producer in London & New York, reads. Music ranges from folksong, Laura Marling and Ralph McTell to Noel Coward, Gershwin and William Walton. Spoken word extracts include Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Richard Rider, Virginia Woolf and many more. All explore the highs and lows of London life with a kaleidoscope of characters and colour.

One thing about London is that when you step out into the night, it swallows you’.

Book online or call Bush Hall venue information on 020 82226955

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Thursday 15 September 2016, 6 – 7pm Arch 553, Brixton Station Road

Come and join us to celebrate the restoration of Brixton’s historic market barrows.  All welcome!

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Friday 17 June 2016, 9.30-17.00 Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QP This event has now closed. Please see our news page for photos of the day.

London was almost destroyed 350 years ago this September – 436 acres in the city were devastated, 13,200 houses burnt down and 100,000 people made homeless. But 50 years after the Great Fire, the city had been rebuilt. There were new building regulations and a new infrastructure. By 1711, London was ‘not only the finest, but the most healthy city in the world’.

This conference will look at the Great Fire and its aftermath in context of London in 2016 – innovations in urban design, ideas on place-making, regeneration of historic buildings and strategies for the future.

Conference 'Building a City' June 17 2016

The Heritage of London Trust’s Conservation Conference has been held every year since 1983 and is a unique occasion when all the London local authorities are invited and the latest planning ideas and developments discussed. This year’s conference broadens the topic of conservation by putting London’s development into context. For the first time, the conference will be open to the public. For the morning session the theme is The Great Fire and its aftermath; for the afternoon session, the theme is Innovations for London building – looking to the future.

Speakers include

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Chief Executive, BRE Building in London 2050: a vision for the future (KEYNOTE) Adrian Tinniswood OBE The Great Fire and its impact Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA The post-Fire masterplans Jon Greenfield, Director, Barron & Smith Architects 17th century building in London – the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Philip Davies, Historian Reconstruction after WWII – alternative approaches in London and Europe Dr Peter Catterall, Reader in History, University of Westminster Changing attitudes towards the past

David Watkins, Partner, Brock Carmichael Architects The history of building regulations over 350 years Dr Nigel Barker, Planning Director London, Historic England London planning for the future Prof Matthew Carmona, Prof of Planning and Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL London’s mixed streets, past, present and future Kate Brown, Group Sustainability Director, Grosvenor 21st century stewardship of historic London Nicola Walt, Principal Consultant, Arup Digital Smart Cities: a case-study Graham Morrison OBE, Partner, Allies & Morrison Architects Regeneration: the King’s Cross story Graham King, Head of Strategic Transport, Planning and Public Realm, City of Westminster Paddington: a transformation over the last 50 years

Tickets are £55 and include lunch and refreshments in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.

The conference is generously sponsored by:

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Churches of Chelsea and Westminster

This event has now closed.  Wednesday 13 April 2016 A visit to some of Chelsea and Westminster’s finest churches, led by Michael Hodges, author of Parish Churches of Greater London: A Guide.  The book will be available to buy outside St Mary’s Cadogan Street on the day. Tickets are £15 and can be booked here.   Itinerary: 10.30 am All Saints, Chelsea (Chelsea Old Church), 64 Cheyne Walk, London, SW3 5LT.

The church dates from the 13th and 14th centuries (chancel and certain chapels); More Chapel of 1528; body of church 1667-74 but heavily restored after bombing in Second World War; numerous monuments including to Thomas More, Lord and Lady Dacre, Sara Colvile, Viscount and Viscountess Newhaven.

11.15 am The Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, 7 Cheyne Row, London SW3 5HS

Built by Goldie in 1895 and consecrated by Archbishop (later Cardinal) Bourne in 1906; classical; reordered after Second Vatican Council by Canon Alfonso de Zulueta, Count of Torre Diaz; pictures and statues; excellent Stations of the Cross of 2000 by Ken Thompson.

12.00 pm St Luke’s, Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NH

Built in 1820 by James Savage for the Hon and Rev Gerald Valerian Wellesley, brother of the Duke of Wellington, at a cost of £50,000; neo-Perpendicular; high 60 foot nave; modern glass in east window by Hugh Easton.

Lunch to be taken independently. 14.30 pm St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2QR

Originally founded in 1811 by Abbe Voxaux de Franous for the Catholic pensioners of the Royal Hospital; chapels by A.W.Pugin and E.W.Pugin survive; bulk of neo-Gothic church of 1877-8 by Bentley of Westminster Cathedral fame; bleak reordered chancel but good fittings.

15.15 pm St Mary’s, Bourne Street, London, SW1W 8JJ

Traditionalist Anglo-Catholic shrine; red brick mission church of 1873-4 by Withers; north west porch and chapel by Goodhart-Rendel; high altar and statue of Our Lady by Martin Travers; reredos of the Seven Sorrows by Colin Gill; columbarium by Roderick Gradidge; tomb to the Second Viscount Halifax, died 1934, leader of the English Church Union for many years.

16.00 pm St Barnabas, Pimlico, London, SW1W 8PF

Built in 1847-50 by Thomas Cundy II for Father Bennett; Tractarian grouping of church, presbytery and school; tower and spire at north west; wonderful fittings by Bodley (reredos and screen) ; statues by Sir Ninian Comper; glass by Kempe and others.

Parish Churches of Greater London: A Guide, by Michael Hodges