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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)

A visit to St Mary’s Church, Bow Road, with a team from Delancey who are supporting the church’s restoration – due to start this spring. The tour included a climb with harnesses up the tower, with its fantastic views over nearby Olympic Park.

Find more on Delancey’s support for this project here: http://www.delancey.com/heritagelondontrust.html

We held a fascinating lunch with London’s top developers at One Canada Square, generously hosted by the Canary Wharf Group. We took the opportunity to make a special presentation to Canary Wharf Chairman & Chief Executive, Sir George Iacobescu CBE, for his outstanding contribution to London’s heritage. The support of the Canary Wharf Group has underpinned HOLT’s work across the city over the last 9 years.

Visiting the Garden Museum’s refurbishment, with a look at the Victorian lanterns HOLT is supporting. With Director Christopher Woodward.

Visits to our projects this autumn included a trip to Alexandra Palace’s Victorian theatre, led by the palace’s CEO Louise Stewart. This major restoration project continues until spring 2018.

A wonderful evening on Thursday at Bush Hall with songs and readings about London. Joanna Songi, Jerome Knox and Sarah Berger were accompanied by Nigel Foster, director of the London Song Festival, on piano… The evocative interior of Bush Hall and a romp through Flanders & Swann, Madeleine Dring and Gershwin, with London folksongs by Reg Meuross, Ralph McTell & Laura Marling created a magical atmosphere.

One of the best feel concerts I’ve done in my life – Jerome Knox

Listen to Joanna Songi here

Other clips on our YouTube channel

A fantastic celebration of Brixton’s restored market barrows, with Stuart Horwood, CEO of Brixton Market Traders’ Federation CIC, Mari Rejinders, our crowdfunders and Brixton supporters! Thanks to all who came & all who supported.

For more pics see the Brixton Blog: http://www.brixtonblog.com/brixton-barrows-reborn/40203

A once-in-a-hundred-years’ sight – the historic bells of Southwark Cathedral lowered through the tower before they go off for restoration. Andrew Wilby from John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, and Chris Giddins, Belfry Warden, discussed their restoration.

Our Annual Conference in Westminster City Hall was packed with 100 delegates – London’s conservation officers, planners, top architects, builders, developers and digital and technology leaders – considering the impact of the Great Fire 350 years ago and key issues today for urban design, place-making, regeneration and innovative building.