Peter Murray

 

The latest issue of Planning in London magazine is out. London Society members can read an online copy below:

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Peter Murray

 

The Sunbathers at the Festival of Britain, Copyright Historic England Archive aa51/06841

The Sunbathers at the Festival of Britain, Copyright Historic England Archive aa51/06841

Historic England needs your help to rescue a remarkable discovery from the Festival of Britain.

The 1951 Festival of Britain was a national celebration that showcased the best in art, design, craft and sport, and was a beacon of hope for a bruised and battered post-war Britain. At the Southbank, the artist Peter Laszlo Peri was commissioned to create the sculpture The Sunbathers, which greeted Festival visitors at Waterloo station. Most of the art created for the Festival of Britain has sadly been lost or destroyed, but last year something amazing happened. Historic England asked the public to help track down lost pieces of public art. The Sunbathers was on that list and was found in the garden of The Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath, London.

The owners bought the sculpture at auction in the 1960s, but didn’t realise just what a rare Festival of Britain survival it was. Since then, countless hotel guests have enjoyed the piece, with generations of children scrambling over the figures at weddings and tea parties. All that love means the sculpture needs some much needed care and attention!

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A new ‘pass-it-on pamphlet’ which seeks to raise awareness of London’s housing crisis and possible solutions has just been launched, which you can read above. 2000 copies of the HOUSE ME LONDON are being distributed to generate public discussion and stimulate a social media campaign around the city’s housing crisis.

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Historic England are organising the first ever London History Day on Wednesday 31 May – the date that Big Ben first started keeping time in 1869.

Forty of the capital’s museums and galleries are staging special events and rare displays for one day only. Enjoy delving into London’s diverse historyFrom the treasures of the Thames to the document which granted London its rights and freedoms, family workshops to walking tours and talks.

You can find out more on the Historic England London History Day web page, where you will also find links to book tickets.

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This year’s AGM will be held on Monday 26 June at 6pm. All members of the Society are able to attend and to vote.

Full details will be sent to members in a few weeks time, but 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

 

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