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Reviews by Society member Darren Leftwich of two recent books that have come into the office.

These can be ordered from our bookseller partner John Sandoe Books – click here to find out more.

A great selection of books about London can be found on the John Sandoe London Society page here.

Maps of London’s Transport: Design variety in the first half of the Twentieth Century, John Dodd, Capital History, 2016, HB, £35, 156pp 9781854144003

This large format hardback book covers the developments of all modes of public transport offered in London between 1900 through to 1950. It boasts that it is the first book to cover this topic and time period in this way, and therefore will be a welcome volume on the shelf for those interested in the evolution of the capital’s transport infrastructure as well as those with a more general interest in the more recent growth and development of London.

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The latest issue of Planning in London magazine is out. London Society members can read an online copy below:

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The Sunbathers at the Festival of Britain, Copyright Historic England Archive aa51/06841

The Sunbathers at the Festival of Britain, Copyright Historic England Archive aa51/06841

Historic England needs your help to rescue a remarkable discovery from the Festival of Britain.

The 1951 Festival of Britain was a national celebration that showcased the best in art, design, craft and sport, and was a beacon of hope for a bruised and battered post-war Britain. At the Southbank, the artist Peter Laszlo Peri was commissioned to create the sculpture The Sunbathers, which greeted Festival visitors at Waterloo station. Most of the art created for the Festival of Britain has sadly been lost or destroyed, but last year something amazing happened. Historic England asked the public to help track down lost pieces of public art. The Sunbathers was on that list and was found in the garden of The Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath, London.

The owners bought the sculpture at auction in the 1960s, but didn’t realise just what a rare Festival of Britain survival it was. Since then, countless hotel guests have enjoyed the piece, with generations of children scrambling over the figures at weddings and tea parties. All that love means the sculpture needs some much needed care and attention!

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A new ‘pass-it-on pamphlet’ which seeks to raise awareness of London’s housing crisis and possible solutions has just been launched, which you can read above. 2000 copies of the HOUSE ME LONDON are being distributed to generate public discussion and stimulate a social media campaign around the city’s housing crisis.

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Historic England are organising the first ever London History Day on Wednesday 31 May – the date that Big Ben first started keeping time in 1869.

Forty of the capital’s museums and galleries are staging special events and rare displays for one day only. Enjoy delving into London’s diverse historyFrom the treasures of the Thames to the document which granted London its rights and freedoms, family workshops to walking tours and talks.

You can find out more on the Historic England London History Day web page, where you will also find links to book tickets.

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This year’s AGM will be held on Monday 26 June at 6pm. All members of the Society are able to attend and to vote.

Full details will be sent to members in a few weeks time, but if you have a motion that you would like to be debated at the AGM, or would like to put yourself up for election as a trustee, please email director@londonsociety.org.uk

 

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john-sandoe-image-for-london-societyWe’re delighted to announce that the Society has partnered with John Sandoe Books to make available the books that we review on this site and in the Journal.

We will also be putting together lists of new books that will be of interest to members, sending out a quarterly email newsletter featuring new titles and selling new editions of classic works.

The aim is to give members a convenient way to acquire the books we recommend while supporting one of London’s independent booksellers. And the London Society will also receive around 10% from the sales – so you can build your library and support the Society at the same time!

You can see the current list of recommended titles here, and we will be working through previous reviews to link directly to the bookshop pages.

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westminster_bridge_and_the_burning_of_the_houses_of_parliament_from_lambeth… what ONE thing would you save?

It can be anything – a thing, a building, a place, a tradition, an atmosphere, a community, an accent, a word, a food… eg, National Theatre, Old Compton Street, pubs, the steel pan players outside Brixton tube, cockney rhyming slang,…

The next issue of the London Society Journal will be looking at conservation, and we want to put in your responses as a take on the broadest sense of conservation.

So – what would you pull from the flames? Leave your comments below, or put your answer here.

 

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