Last Friday the Senior BEEs were taken on an amazingly detailed tour of an atmospheric Victorian music hall theatre - Hoxton Hall. After a warm welcome from Lorna McGinty, Hoxton Hall’s Education and Heritage Co-ordinator, the BEEs met with Anthony Burton a Hoxton Hall trustee and expert on the history of the building who shared his knowledge with the group. Anthony described the history and architecture of Hoxton Hall and took the BEEs out onto Hoxton Street to see the building in its local context. He explained how the building has evolved and adapted over the last 150 years from a music hall to Quaker settlement to the vibrant youth and community arts organisation that it is today.
After the focus on the past, the BEEs had a chance to glimpse the future at Hoxton Hall as contractor Andy Massey showed the group around refurbishment works which are currently in progress. The visit ended with an opportunity for the BEEs to give their ideas for future activity plans at Hoxton Hall. The BEEs are looking forward to re-visiting in June to see a restored Hoxton Hall as it prepares to entertain, support and educate local people for another 150 years.