Currently showing blog posts for: London Society Archives - . Go BACK to view all posts.
Peter Murray

 

The Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on 1 July 2019 at 6pm at Squire and Partners’ offices in Ferndale Road, Brixton (under five minutes walk from Brixton station).

All current members may attend, but we would be grateful if you could register here.

Read More…

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

Over the centuries London has welcomed new Londoners from around the world who came here to trade, because they were connected to the Empire or to the Commonwealth; who came as a result of persecution or because they wanted to enjoy the greatest city in the world.

As the nation debates Brexit and the Mayor of London compares Donald Trump to the ‘fascists of the 20th century’ in advance of the American President’s State Visit, it is timely for the Society to hold an event about inclusivity in London today.

One in three Londoners were born outside the UK, while more than 300 languages are currently spoken on our streets. For the moment, London is home to a million EU citizens. From our food and drink to our culture and economy the advantages of London’s amazing diversity are clear – our panel will discuss how this impacts on our built environment.

One of the most diverse areas of London is Brixton – so don’t miss the summer party which will be in one of the most interesting recent building refurbishments in the area. The stunning rooftop of The Department Store, which houses the offices of Squire & Partners architects, accommodates Upstairs, a laid back members’ club serving fine food and drinks. Michael Squire has kindly given the society access to the space for what I am sure will be an unforgettable evening. See you there!

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

What does Valuing the past, looking to the future mean to you, and can you capture this in a photograph or illustration?

In the inaugural London Society photo competition we’re looking for images of London, photographic or otherwise that encapsulate our new motto, or either of its constituent parts. And we’ll be announcing the winners at our annual summer party on 1 July.

Prizes include double tickets to this year’s Summer Party, at Upstairs at the Department Store in Brixton; an A3 mounted print of your entry; membership of the London Society, and your picture will be published in the next issue of the Society’s Journal.

Images can be of buildings, people, places, events… think as broadly as you wish. The competition is open to members and non-members, and you can enter as many images as you’d like.

Read More…

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on Monday 1 July from 6:00-6:30pm at the offices of Squire and Partners, The Department Store, Ferndale Road, London SW9 8FR.

All current members* of the Society are entitled to attend and to vote. Please register here if you plan to be at the AGM.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM can be downloaded here.

The agenda for the meeting and the 2018 draft accounts will be available to all members in advance of the meeting.

Motions for the AGM should be sent to the Hon. Sec. (c/o director@londonsociety.org.uk) to be received before 10 June 2019.

Persons wishing to stand for the Committee should let the Hon. Sec. know before 10 June 2019 along with the names of their proposers and seconders (both of whom must be current members of the Society).

After the AGM, why not join us for food, drink and music at the Society’s summer party, held in the upstairs bar above Squire and Partners. Tickets will go on sale this week – but book early, because tickets are strictly limited.

*From the constitution: No Member shall have power to vote at any meeting of the Society if his or her subscription is in arrears at the time. … A Corporate Member may appoint a representative to vote on its behalf at all meetings but before such representative exercises his or her right to vote the Corporate Member shall give particulars in writing to the Honorary Secretary of such representative.

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

This year’s AGM is on the horizon – date and venue to be confirmed, but likely to be the first week of July – so now is a good time to consider joining the Society’s executive committee.

All members of the Society are eligible to put themselves up for a committee role, but there are some ‘skill shortages’ that we would be keen to fill.

If you have experience in ENGINEERING or skills in PR or MARKETING, or work for a DEVELOPER or PROPERTY FIRM, or have TRUSTEE EXPERIENCE for another charity, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in joining the committee – whether or not you match these criteria – please email the director for more information.

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

In the latest edition of the Journal of the London Society, Mark Prizeman revisits past Journals to find out what the London Society was up to 50 and 100 years ago.

50 years ago: Greenbelts, London Estates and early thoughts for a Congestion Charge (December 1968 and March 1969)

A report on a ‘Greenbelt Drive in Surrey’ with maps and commentary given by the County planning members and Officers of the County who planned the route, concludes that: ‘Surrey is indeed to be congratulated on the beauty of its countryside and the care they are taking to preserve so much for the delight of future generations.’ A couple of visits to interesting London buildings housing other societies are noted along with a talk by Stuart Weir given to the Society on De Beauvoir Town in Hackney that is reported in full ‘by way of an experiment [as we] are only half way through our researches into the past of the area, and my talk is one way of finding out just how much we have discovered – and how interesting it is,’ part of an ongoing lecture programme on the London Estates.

Read More…

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

In another article from the latest issue of the Journal of the London Society, Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, argues that history provides the roots for great places.

It is a principle of good urban design that before pencil reaches tracing paper, a designer needs a thorough understanding of the history and significance of the place. Great contextual development responds to history and our most successful places have history at their heart. Gillian Tindall’s seminal urban history, The Fields Beneath, continuously in print now for over 40 years, takes one London village – Kentish Town – and applies a thoughtful historical lens to encourage a rich and deep understanding of urban layers. This approach can happen in any place, and knowing that former field boundaries, rivers and earlier settlement patterns have influenced modern routes, street names and architectural design can enrich a development and the lives of people there now.

Read More…

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

In the introduction to the latest edition of the Journal of the London Society (available to purchase here), London Society Chairman Peter Murray introduces our new motto.

Over the past year or so the Society has been giving a lot of thought to our purpose and how to explain it. There has, for some time, been a feeling that the Latin motto that has served us well for the past hundred years is in need of modernisation. Antiqua Tegenda, Pulchra Petenda, Futura Colenda doesn’t do it for a younger generation. Even the rough translation ‘look after the old, seek the beautiful, cultivate the future‘ sounds somewhat laboured. What we needed was an ‘elevator pitch’ – a ready and meaningful answer for when someone asks, ‘What does the Society do? What is it for?

We didn’t want to change those basic tenets of the Society set out by our founding members, but we did want to bring them up to date. Just as the old Latin motto suggested a respect for the history of the capital in its cultivation of the future, we knew we should respect the Society’s own history as we developed its mission for the 21st century. To do so, we needed to look back at those early days.

Read More…

Leave a Reply

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.

Leave a Reply

Peter Murray

 

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.

Read More…

Leave a Reply