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On 25 September, Victor Callister, Deputy Director of Architecture & Built Environment at the Design Council, conducted a Society tour of Chancery Lane and the surrounding area. Sophie Hetherington reports.

This tour of Chancery Lane, led by the inimitable Victor Callister, explored the history of the area from the 12th century to the 21st. Victor was a charismatic speaker, and the walk was illustrated with a booklet of historic maps and images, allowing the group to fully engage with this whistle-stop tour of London’s history.

We began with a brief history lesson on the emergence of Chancellor’s Law (as opposed to Common Law) , which gave name to Chancery Lane, due to the proximity of King Henry VIII, Parliament and the Rolls Building. Chancellor’s Law regarded contracts, and what was “fair” or “right”, and a history of generational legal resets are historically based in this area, as it is where the Law Society has recently been based. 

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Our Hut, an architecture education charity based in South London, are looking for a small team of volunteers to research the built heritage in Crystal Palace Park to provide information for a new teachers’ resource.

The project, Sublime Structures is an architecture education project about the wealth of historic and existing buildings and structures in the park from the Crystal Palace to the present day. The project will enable local young people and families to discover and celebrate the extraordinary legacy of design and engineering innovation found within the park. Online teaching resources produced as a legacy of the project will mean that teachers can carry out work on Crystal Palace Park independently in the future. And we will create a fun orienteering pack that will be a resource for parents and carers, helping families get the most from their visits to one of South London’s gems.

Volunteers will be given specific training in a session at the RIBA/V&A on 15th November, and there will be opportunities for participants to share and develop usefully transferable skills. If anyone is interested in joining this team, please email Our Hut for further details: ourhut@hotmail.com

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The latest issue of the London Planning and Development Forum’s magazine Planning in London has just been published and can be read online below, or downloaded in PDF form here.

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We mentioned the new film London Symphony in an earlier blog post, and I’m delighted to say that The London Society has secured some tickets for a screening of the film to be held at Southwark Cathedral on 23 February. After the film there will be a Q+A with the director. More details here.

London Symphony is a modern day ‘city symphony’, shot in black and white at over 300 locations around the capital and with an original soundtrack by the Convent Garden Sinfonia, it shows glimpses of the vibrance and diversity of the capital.

The screening will take place in the beautiful candlelit Cathedral nave and will be followed by a Q&A with the Sub Dean & Canon Pastor Michael Rawson and the Director, Alex Barrett.

The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.

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We’re delighted that this year’s pre-Christmas talk will be given by Matt Brown, editor-at-large of the Londonist website and author of (among many other books) “Everything you know about London is Wrong“.

Matt will share stories from some of the most intriguing of his perambulations around the capital. Find out what happens behind the lights of Piccadilly Circus; how to stand on the weather vane of St Bride’s; the secret rooms and relics of St Paul’s; and how to dress yourself in the morning when your day includes a trip down the Northern Outfall Sewer AND the press launch of a new sherry bar.

And there’ll be myths shattered, legends overturned and long-held “facts” disproved as Matt shares gems from Everything you know about London is Wrong.

Matt’s book makes an ideal stocking-filler – we’ll have some to purchase at the event – and we round off the evening in traditional style, with mince pies, drinks and other festive goodies.

I hope you can join us – tickets are available here.

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