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Peter Murray

 

The London Society is the forum for debate on how we can make this city a better place in which to live and to work.

To promote this exchange of ideas and views, we have set up a Facebook group where you can discuss the new developments that you think add or detract from the urban realm; the good and bad changes taking place; the problems and solutions to housing, transport, pollution, city growth, green space and the other factors that make the capital what it is.

If you are on Facebook, you can be part of the debate by clicking here to go to the ‘join’ page of the group. You will then be able to post content that you feel strongly about, engage in discussions about the future of the capital’s urban realm and invite other friends and colleagues to join.

We look forward to welcoming you and to hearing your views.

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Peter Murray, Chair of the London Society, explains the thinking behind our new motto.

“So what’s our elevator pitch?” said Darryl. “What do we say when someone asks what the London Society is all about?” “Antiqua Tegenda, Pulchra Petenda, Futura Colenda”, I answer.

Darryl is not impressed. “Nah! That’s no way to get younger members to join up. Or to get anyone to join up for that matter. Too ancient!”

While the translation of our motto – “look after the old, seek the beautiful, cultivate the future” – might still hold good, we felt we needed something more engaging if the Society is to achieve is aim of growing its membership and increasing its relevance in the discussion around planning and architecture in the capital. We wish to engage the widest possible groups in that debate, so clarity is important.

We asked ourselves: why are we are running the Society and what is the thinking that drives our programme? We picked up on the theme that was as relevant when the Society was founded in 1912 as they are now: that London’s future must be shaped by both contemporary culture as well as its rich and layered history.

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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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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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Peter Murray

 

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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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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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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