Tuesday 22 September 2020, 9.30 – 17.00 The Geological Society, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Details to be confirmed.

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Monday 23 March 2020, 7 pm

Unfortunately due to current circumstances this event has been cancelled. Firmdale Hotels will issue refunds to all those who have already purchased tickets but please get in touch if you have any questions.

The Theatre at Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT

A fantastic evening at Ham Yard Hotel with founding member and long-time bass player of Dire Straits, John Illsley. John will be talking about the life of the band over decades and playing many Dire Straits’ classics with three other band members.

Dire Straits sold well over 100 million albums, spent 1,100 weeks on the UK album charts alone and received countless awards including four Grammies and three Brits as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The evening will be a chance to hear from John himself and enjoy Dire Straits songs played live in this fabulous intimate venue in the centre of Soho while supporting the work of HOLT.

For more information and to book tickets please click here


Thursday 5 December 2019, 11 am

The De Beauvoir Block, 92-96 De Beauvoir Road, Hackney, N1 4EN

The De Beauvoir Estate in Hackney has been a conservation area since the 1970s. Developed in the 1830s and 1840s, at the heart of this distinctive estate is the classically laid out De Beauvoir Square with Tudor and Jacobean-inspired houses. Edward Benyon, Director of the Benyon Estate and a descendant of the De Beauvoirs, will give a tour of the Benyon Estate and De Beauvoir Town from the family’s perspective.

Join us for a visit with lunch and a glass of wine included after the tour.

Please click here to register.

Wren Spire Launch party

Friday 29 November 2019, 10 am

The Wren Spire, Round Hill, Forest Hill, SE26 4RG

St Antholin’s was a medieval church in the City, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1682 after the Great Fire. In 1829, Wren’s spire was damaged in a storm but it was rescued by one of the churchwardens, the printing pioneer Robert Harrild (1780-1853). Harrild transported the spire by horse and cart down to his house in Forest Hill and re-erected it on a brick plinth in his garden. When his house was demolished and replaced with a housing estate in the 1960s, the spire, plus a cedar tree remained in the middle of the estate.

Join us for the celebrations!

Please click here to register.

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london’s anatomy: victorian buildings from top to toe

Thursday 4 July 2019, 9.30 – 17.00 Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BE


London’s Victorian buildings are marvels of engineering, invention and artifice. They include iconic buildings famous around the world but also local theatres, schools, libraries and town halls in every part of London, crafted with extraordinary attention to detail.

This conference will look at their actual fabrication in brick, terracotta, glass and stone – the creation of bold decorative detail and the technologies and transportation that made new building on this scale possible. It offers an imaginative means of understanding London’s buildings, conjuring the skills and labour of a now lost workforce to reveal the human scale of Victorian London.

The Society of Antiquaries, next to the Royal Academy, is one of London’s foremost Grade II* Italianate Victorian buildings and also has a world class Tudor painting collection.

The conference will include conservation exhibitors during the day.

For those booked, please arrive in time for registration at 9.30 am. Talks will start promptly at 10.00 am.

Please find a map attached with directions here.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

For any other information please contact us on / 020 7099 0559.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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David Watkins, DHW Architects
Fit for a modern world: 19th century building regulations

Michael Hammett, British Brick Society
Brick making in the Victorian period

Kit Wedd, IHBC, Director, Spurstone Heritage Ltd
Victorian architectural terracotta

Professor Phil Baines, Professor of Typography, Central Saint Martins
Architectural lettering on Victorian buildings

Alfred Fisher MBE, FBSMGP, Founder, Chapel Studio
Stained glass: Whitefriars and the Victorian glass studios

Tom Chance, Historian
New technologies: Glazing The Crystal Palace

Paul Lewis, James Hoyle & Son
Demand for iron: Victorian decorative ironwork

John Pelton MBE, Programme Strategy Director, Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme
Innovation – Heritage for the Future: the Palace of Westminster’s Restoration and Renewal Programme

Dr Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust
Heritage of London Trust projects

Melvyn Lee, Director, Thwaites & Reed
Time memorial: building Victorian clocks

Alex Werner, Lead Curator – New Museum, Museum of London
Doulton & Co: from sewer pipes to glazed tiles

Elizabeth Woolley, PhD candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Industrialised art: new technologies and Victorian church wall painting

Benedict O’Looney, M.Arch ARB, Director, Benedict O’Looney Architects
Working together: conserving Victorian townscapes

This conference is generously supported by

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This conference is accredited by the CPD Standards Office


Monday 25 March 2019, 10 am

82 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5LQ

Peckham Road’s fire station is London’s earliest surviving purpose-built fire station. It was built in 1867 by the architect Edward Cresy Jnr for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the first public authority fire protection in London. It was derelict for 30 years but restored in 2018 with Heritage of London Trust support. It is now a major contemporary arts centre for south London, run by nearby South London Gallery.

Join us for a tour with the Director of the gallery.

Please click here to register.

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Thursday 18 October 2018, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm

40 Stuart Road, London, SE15 3BE

The Ivy House is a 1930s pub in Nunhead, South London, which retains almost all its original 1930s features and character from the ball room stage to the front bar, historic lettering and coloured skylights. The skylights had been blocked in the 1970s, but are being restored with a HOLT grant to improve light and ventilation in this much-loved community pub.

Join us for a visit and a drink to hear more about Londons first co-operatively owned pub!


Tuesday 25 September 2018, 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Altazimuth Pavilion, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ

The Altazimuth Pavilion was named after a Victorian telescope measuring the altitude and azimuth of celestial objects. The pavilion is crowned with a weathervane inspired by the depiction of Halleys Comet in the Bayeux Tapestry, but this, and the star-burst lanterns, were in poor condition.

HOLT supported their restoration as part of the renovation of the whole building, helping bring it back into use for the first time in 60 years.

Join us for a visit to see this remarkable building and its new telescope!


Wednesday 29th August 2018, 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, near Kings Road Recycling Centre, off Kings Road, Chingford, London, E4 7HR

Named after 15th century Reynold Pympe, Pimp Hall in Chingford was once a manor house visited by King Henry VIII while hunting nearby. The house itself and most of its farm buildings disappeared by the early 20th century, but the dovecote survived. This was in a bad state and had been vandalised, but has now been restored and opens to the public. It is a rare example of a timber-framed dovecote from this early period (late 16th/early 17th century) and has a picturesque setting in a Nature Reserve.

Join us for a visit to hear more and see inside!

2000 years of history: the world’s cultural capital

Friday 15 June 2018, 9.30 – 17.00 Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE

For over 2000 years London has been settled by traders, exiles and adventurers from overseas. The achievements of these individuals and their communities are reflected in the citys buildings and monuments. Their craftsmen and artists underpin much of what we appreciate in Londons vibrancy today.

This conference looks at the role of international heritage in perceptions of London as a great world city. It explores our understanding of Londons past, its global appeal, the value of heritage in rooting communities and its potential for strengthening the citys 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.

For the morning session, the theme is Londons international history; for the afternoon session, the theme is heritage in a global city.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO


Robert Winder, Author
Migration: a history of shaping London

Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA
Back through the mist: the London Mithraeum

Dr Miranda Kaufmann, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Africans in Tudor and Stuart London

Dr Linda Monckton, Head of Communities Research, Historic England
Worshipping London: the city’s diverse religious heritage

Dr Robert Blyth, National Maritime Museum
A seafaring city: London’s maritime heritage

Susie Cox, P&O Heritage Collection
Time & tide: the rise and fall of London’s docks

Dr Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust
London’s projects: Heritage of London Trust

Professor Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Bathed in feeling: the cultural life of Laurie Grove baths

Ellie Cook, Project Manager, Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative, London Borough of Lambeth
Working in partnership: Brixton horizons

Ian Foster, Historian
Hidden histories: the Moravians in London

Chris Elliott, Architectural Historian
Egyptian London: architecture inspired by Ancient Egypt

Dr Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, Historic England
International architects in the 20th century

Philip Davies, Historian
London: global nexus

Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England
Dealing with contested heritage

This conference is accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

This conference is generously supported by:

Gunnersbury Park visit

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London W3 8LQ

Gunnersbury Park has its origins in the 17th century when a Palladian mansion was built by John Webb, Inigo Jones’s protege. Two mansions were built in its place at the beginning of the 19th century, and the grounds were later remodelled by the financier Nathan Rothschild. In 1925 the estate became a public park, opened by Neville Chamberlain. Its historic buildings are now undergoing restoration, and the Heritage of London Trust has given a grant towards work on the south-eastern arch.

Our visit will begin at 10am with tea and coffee followed by a tour of the Large Mansion, the Grade II* Sidney Smirke Orangery and Gothic ruins. We will be shown around by the architect and the project manager.

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Apothecaries’ Hall Visit

Friday 10 November 2017, 10.00 – 11.30 am

Blackfriars Lane, EC4V 6EJ

Apothecaries’ Hall is the earliest surviving livery company hall in London, dating from 1672, just after the Great Fire. For 400 years the Apothecaries made and sold medicinal and pharmaceutical products from the hall, cultivating many of their ingredients at Chelsea Physic Garden up the river.

While the courtyard is open to the public, the interior is only open by special arrangement. Led by the Clerk, Nick Royle, we will visit the 17th century hall and see the Apothecaries’ fine collection of paintings as well as their arrays of fascinating objects associated with pharmaceutical production.

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pitzhanger Manor visit

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 9.00 – 10.30 am

Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ

Sir John Soane used his country house in Ealing – a 17th century house he rebuilt between 1800 and 1810 – as a weekend retreat and for entertainment. Here he experimented with new architectural ideas, such as the use of caryatids, canopy domes and elaborate paint schemes. The house is now undergoing major restoration. HOLT has given a grant towards the restoration of the coloured glass in the conservatory.

Join us for a tour of the house in the final stages of work, before it reopens to the public in Spring 2018.

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BUILDING On philanthropy: the modern Victorians

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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 todays challenges.

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

Crowdfunding for good causes


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.

Emery Walker’s House tour

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 10.00 – 11.30 am

7 Hammersmith Terrace, W6 9TS

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.

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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.

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