Peter Murray

Bishopsgate Institute runs a learning programme for adults comprising courses, workshops, masterclasses and walking tours. These usually take place at lunchtime and in the evening on weekdays, and during the day at weekends. We offer a broad programme – ranging from Performing Arts and Body & Exercise courses to Languages courses – and students come to us to pursue a particular interest, to build their confidence in a particular discipline, to meet like-minded people, and for personal and professional development.

London’s past and present is a particular focus of our learning programme, based, as we are, at the point where the City of London meets the East End. Courses and walking tours often draw on this rich local history and take inspiration from the Institute’s Special Collections and Archives, which contain a wealth of documents, books, maps and ephemera relating to London and dating from the 17th century onwards.

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Thresholds is a season of film screenings and installations in iconic architectural landmarks, dedicated to exploring space, identity and domesticity, from a feminist perspective.

Its first event will take place in the beautiful modernist residential estate, Pullman Court, on Sunday 23rd September, 10:00-17:00, as part of the Open House Weekend 2018. Free entry and open to all. The estate will host an installation of innovative female filmmakers’ short films, situated in the remarkable architecture of private homes and communal spaces throughout Pullman Court.

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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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We’re delighted to announce that Victoria Hewson of the Institute of Economic Affairs will be joining Daniel Moylan, Lord Adonis and Caroline Pidgeon in the London Society/On London Brexit debate on 13 September.

Victoria is a lawyer and practiced for 12 years in the fields of technology and financial services, before joining the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission to focus on trade and regulatory policy and the IEA in Spring this year. She has published work on the implications and opportunities of Brexit in financial services and movement of goods and the issues in connection with the Irish border.

Tickets for the debate at the Conway Hall are available here.

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