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Friday, 21 November 2014

Durning Library Fun Day, Saturday 6th December 11am - 4pm

Join us on Saturday 6th December for a Fun Day at Durning Library, from 11am 'til 4pm

Come along and have your say about different design options for the Library.

See new artwork by Linda Florence, meet local artist Robin Whitmore and share your stories and facts about Kennington with him, view an exhibition by students from Year 4 of Archbishop Sumner Primary School.

Visit the upstairs flat!
Book now by calling the Library on 020 7926 8682
(viewings at 12pm and 2.30pm)

Free to all, tea and cakes a-plenty.

For more information please contact Marion Cable: MCable@lambeth.gov.uk

Work with us: Administrator (Part time) position available

Administrator (Part time)

Launched in 1996 and based in East London, the Building Exploratory helps people
discover the secrets of their local area and gain a better understanding of the buildings
and spaces that surround them. We have a strong focus on education and community
engagement and aim to create inspirational opportunities to help people shape their

We are looking for a highly capable and motivated person to take up this key role in our
small team. Covering all aspects of office management and administrative support –
from meeting and greeting visitors to the upkeep of databases, from purchase
management to financial administration. The successful candidate will work closely
with the Chief Executive on the co-ordination of board papers, the distribution of
marketing materials and the upkeep of our website.

The ideal candidate for this role will have at least two year’s administrative experience,
be meticulously organised and highly self motivated. We’ll also be looking for
exceptional communication skills, good computer literacy (particularly in an Apple Mac
environment), an ability to prioritise a substantial workload and evidence of a positive
approach to problem solving.

We offer a competitive package that includes a 22.5 hour working week with a flexible
approach, 25 days holiday (pro rata) plus statutory days, contributory pension and the
opportunity to be part of a great team which is committed to continuing your development.
To apply please send your CV and contact details for 2 referees (one of whom should be your
current employer) along with a covering letter explaining how your skills and experience qualify
you for this post. Referees will not be contacted prior to interview.

For further information please contact Caf Fean by email mail@buildingexploratory.org.uk
or call 020 7608 0775.

Job title: Administrator
Organisation: The Building Exploratory
Location: Farringdon
Salary: £22,000 - £25,000 (pro rata)
Type: Part time (22.5 hours per week)
Closing date: 5th December 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Why can’t we have all our lessons out here in the park

“Why can’t we have all our lessons out here in the park?”

This is what Year 8 at collectively shouted as we headed back to school after our latest East 20 workshop. A year ago, these young people were pioneering students, the first year group to enter Chobham Academy, the first school to open in the Olympic Park.   

If the aim of the project is to excite the students about the opportunities in their school’s ‘back yard’, then I think we might have already achieved it.

Our challenge is to support the students in a search to find ‘places’ that are meaningful to them in this huge 560 acre newly formed site.  Four teams: #FishNet, The Great Banter, Anonymous and Banterlona, went where curiosity led them, heading for high points and searching out secret spots.

These are just a few of the lesser-known facts and places they uncovered on the Olympic Park:
  • The landscaped slopes are perfect for rolling down 
  • Tumbling bay playground appeals to people of all ages; there is no upper age limit
  • The rustling leaves of the surrounding trees in fact make Portland Lake the noisiest place in the park
  • You can literally lose yourself in a corner of Victory park… you’ll have to go to find out how.

Start points had previously been provided by a panel of speakers intimately involved in the design and maintenance of the park and its surrounding neighbourhoods. This inspiring panel included Kathyrn Firth, Chief of Design at the LLDC, Caroline Jupp, artist in residence currently based in a moving shed, and Nick Edwards of Fundamental. Even an imaginary alien who has just taken up residence in the park also made an appearance!

The places the students came across will become sites for large-scale viewfinders to be built in the next session. Quite literally watch this space…

Calling all volunteers! Wandle Treasure Hunt - join our local heritage project

Join us to discover how you can help us in our search for the River Wandle’s lost treasure !

Volunteers for our Wandle Treasure Hunt are invited to attend one or all of the following events
- please RSVP

11am Wednesday 26 November
Wandsworth Heritage Centre, 265 Lavender Hill SW11 1JB

11am Wednesday 3 December
Merton Local Studies Centre, Morden Library, SM4 5DX

2-4pm Wednesday 10 December 
Croydon Archives, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, CR9 1ET

2-4pm Wednesday 17 December Sutton Local Studies & Archives Centre
Central Library, St Nicholas Way Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA

If you’d like to attend one of these events please get in touch: 

Tel: 020 7608 0775

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A trip to Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Kings Cross

On Wednesday 5th November the Islington History & Architecture Group visited Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design in Kings Cross, accompanied by Aiden McMahon, the project architect from Stanton Williams and Linda Florence, Senior Lecturer at the college.

The group was captivated and inspired by the experience and it was wonderful to see such a building in full swing! 

The group really enjoyed Project Architect Aiden McMahon’s insights and explanations – helping to understand the building from an architect’s perspective and make sense of how the new building fits in with the old.

It was wonderful for us to see the building from Linda’s perspective: we visited the weavers, a screen printing workshop and the main 'street' space at the heart of the building. The building design allowed the group to see the building in action – looking down from above at the potters and jewellery makers: ancient crafts in a modern environment.

We also loved exploring the library – set in the historic granary building.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Senior BEEs - Heritage at Risk - Clapton Pond

Heritage at risk was the theme of the latest Senior BEE session when they met with Rebecca Barrett from English Heritage.

We invited Rebecca to talk to the group about the Heritage at Risk register – a database of neglected and decaying listed buildings and historic sites which is released every year by English Heritage (and has just been updated).

Rebecca explained how the register works, shared recent success stories and focused on some local examples of buildings at risk at Clapton Pond – where Pond House has come off the register but its neighbour the Bishopswood Almshouses have been added.

After the talk the Senior BEEs went over to Clapton Pond to take a closer look at the buildings, reinforcing Rebecca’s message that you don’t have to look far to find heritage at risk.