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Our HOLT conference this year – ‘Building on Philanthropy – the Modern Victorians’ – looked at the impact, example and legacy of Victorian philanthropy in London. Talks included the economics of 19th century housing; visionary Victorian projects; identifying historic value; heritage in a moral society and evolving philanthropy. Over 100 people joined us at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House.

For follow-up resources on the history of London’s social housing see www.socialhousinghistory.uk

If you attended and would like to contact any of our speakers, please let us know.

A recent project by DBR Conservation to restore the 18th century coat of arms over the entrance of the Apothecaries’ Hall, Blackfriars. The figures had very badly decayed with wet rot but were carefully reconstructed… the unicorn and rhinos received new horns and the whole was repainted and regilded. It will return to its place in the Apothecaries’ courtyard over the summer.

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: https://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.