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Peter Murray

 

We’re very pleased to announce that the 2018 Sir Banister Fletcher Lecture will be given by Ben Derbyshire, the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and will be held in the wonderful surroundings of the Jarvis Hall at the RIBA offices in Great Portland Street on 5 November.

Tickets are available here – free to members of the London Society. Non-members can get ‘early bird’ tickets for just £10 until 30 September (or join the Society and get a free ticket!).

As a global city, London is subject to market pressures beyond domestic control.  So how do we build “A City for all Londoners” and sustain the quality of life in our capital? London now languishes at no 48 in the ranking of liveable cities worldwide and pressures will increase as the population keeps rising.

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Peter Murray

 

The 2018 Programme for Open House London for the weekend of 22-23 September has been published (you can see it here). And if you’re a supporter of the London Society and going to any of these events, we’d like to enlist your help.

Tens of thousand of people attend Open House, many of whom will be interested in the London Society’s work and our events – but they may never of heard of us.

We’d like to send you a couple of dozen Society leaflets to give to people you may meet in the queue, get into conversation with, go along to see a building with.

Just let us have your name and address (fill out the form here) and we’ll pop an envelope of our material across to you before 15th September.

If you’re a member of any civic societies, professional bodies or other interest groups and would like some London Society leaflets to hand out, please let us have your address and we’ll get a handful off to you.

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The 2018 AGM of the Society was on Monday 16 July 2018 at 6.30pm at Allies & Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX.

The draft MINUTES of the meeting can be downloaded here. The minutes will be formally approved at the 2019 AGM.

The 2017 ACCOUNTS (which were approved at the AGM) may be downloaded here.

 

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We’re delighted to announce a new speaker for the London Brexit Debate on 13 September.

Joining Lord Adonis and Daniel Moylan will be Caroline Pidgeon MBE, London Assembly member and former Lib Dem candidate for the Mayoralty.

‘Early Bird’ tickets for the debate are still available, meaning London Society members can attend for as little as £5. Full information can be found here.

The London Brexit Debate will be held at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square on the evening of Thursday 13 September and will be chaired by Dave Hill of the On London website.

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Whether you’re a confirmed Brexiteer or a devout Remainer, you’ll agree that probably the most significant event to affect London in a generation is Brexit. That’s why the London Society – working with the OnLondon website – is holding a debate on the topic on 13 September.

Book tickets now at the ‘early bird’ rate – just £5 for members of the Society and £10 for non-members.

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The Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on the evening of Monday, 16 July (6pm). 

Full details will be published shortly, along with the 2017 accounts, but we wanted to give members notice so that you can save the date in your diaries.

The minutes of the 2017 meeting can be found here.

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

Motions and nominations must be received before midnight on 23 June so that they can be circulated to members. (Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Society need to be received before midnight on 15 June.)

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Peter Murray

 

Could you be a Trustee (committee member) for the London Society?

We’re looking for new members of the committee to help continue the Society’s growth, providing guidance, opinion, expertise, knowledge and contacts to support the work of the employees of the Society.

You do not need a background in architecture or planning (in fact, we would welcome interest from such non-professionals, but we are also keen to hear from professionals), but you should be interested in the work of the Society and in the development of London. We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone with a background in marketing or PR, fundraising, writing or editing.

There are generally six committee meetings a year, which take a couple of hours on a Monday evening, so being a Trustee does not require a huge commitment in terms of time.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email the Director who will be delighted to send further information.

 

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Peter Murray

 

We’re pleased to say that the Journal is now available to be read online via issuu.com. You should be able to see it below – if not, click here to go to the site

You are, of course, much better off with the traditional printed copy of the Journal, and there are two ways to get your hands on one.

The best way is to become a member of the Society, which you can do by visiting this page. Not only will we send you a copy in the post, but you will also get priority booking and discounted tickets for all of our events.

Or you can buy a copy for just £7.50 via our online shop. Just click here.

 

 

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On 5 December, Matt Brown, editor at large of the Londonist and author of Everything You Know About London is Wrong, gave the Christmas talk to the Society members at the offices of Pilbrow & Partners in St John’s Square. Jo East reports.

Founded 14 years ago by Matt and other likeminded enthusiasts for all things London, and described by Frank Skinner as “the thinking person’s guide to London” the Londonist has grown to be an online font of knowledge about both London’s current events, and its history and myths. Over the years this has given Matt privileged access to areas denied to most people and Matt took us on a tour of literally the highs and the lows of his time at the Londonist – roofs and tunnels.

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2017 was a bumper year for The London Society with 2500 people attending some 60 events – and 2018 is shaping up to be even better and bigger!

We’ll be continuing with the busy programme of walks, talks and Saturday Morning Schools, as well as, of course, the Banister Fletcher Lecture but 2018 will also see the Society investigating a number of new themes: Alan Powers, former Chair of the 20th Century Society curates a series of talks on London in the 1930s – when planning was so influenced by the Society’s agenda; Eric Reynolds, famous for creating Camden Market, among others, and regenerating Trinity Buoy Wharf, is putting together a programme onLondon: Global Market looking at key examples like Billlingsgate, Spitalfields, Leadenhall and Borough; GLA planner Colin Wilson is curating a programme around the London Plan, which will be the focus of much attention during the year, entitled Planning for 10 Million Londoners.

We will be continuing our studies of London Great Estates and London Iconsthroughout the year.  There will also be Members Only series – How We Work a series of visits to the capital’s key architectural and planning practices to look at the work they are doing and how it will impact on the London of the future.

Click here to download a copy of the current 2018 Spring Events Programme

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