Bevin Court Community Restoration Launch

Saturday 23rd of May saw the launch of our project. We’ve been working behind the scenes with the community of Bevin Court since autumn 2014 to shape the community restoration and build a base for the project. At 2 pm on Saturday afternoon, after a downpour of spring rain, over 50 people gathered at the Peel Centre on Percy Circus to find out more about the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project.


We had tea and cakes to kick off and an introduction by Alex Smith, the Project Officer on this HLF funded Bevin court Community Restoration. After outlining the history of the project and the core aims of the project to:

  • conserve and restore Yates’ mural at Bevin Court
  • create a replica bust of Ernest Bevin using 3D printing
  • hold a series of lectures, workshops and educational events for the residents and local people
  • create a community walk focusing on the history of Finsbury and Berthold Lubetkin

She also introduced two other parts of the project which will be:

  • a mini exhibition at Islington Museum by the Peel Centre artists of work inspired by Peter Yates’ mural and the views from Bevin Court.
  • A school’s pack exploring the local history of Clerkenwell and the Yates’ mural.

After thanks to all the residents for their continued interested and support Jiff Bayliss was introduced.

Jiff Bayliss is the Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association guide who has been working with the community to design a walk of the local area exploring the heritage connected with Bevin Court. He introduced us to the way in which the group represented the history of Bevin Court in the shape of a walk.

To do this he went through certain stages with the group:

  • Agree landmarks – stopsBCCR walk route
  • Research – stories
  • Finalise stops
  • Finalise route
  • Finalise commentary
  • Test
  • Review

The first of these excellent free walks will be on Monday 15th June 2015

Jiff passed the baton onto John Allan, Lubetkin’s biographer. The audience were in for a treat as John led us through
Berthold Lubetkin’s youth and journey to London and ultimately the work he carried out for the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury.

May 23rd talk

I can’t try to write up this wide ranging talk in such a short space as I will not be able to do it justice, so instead, we are arranging for John to visit us at Islington Museum to deliver a talk on Lubetkin and his works in Islington in the autumn. Keep an eye on the Bevin Court Blog for more information.

After John Allan, Mustafa Rae talked to the group about how the company iMakr will be reproducing the bust of Ernest Bevin which once sat in the foyer of Bevin Court. He showed us a video demonstrating some of the studio’s work in the past and even bought us a mini 3D bust of Bevin!

Mustafa has invited people to come down to the studio on Clerkenwell Road whilst the big Bust of Bevin is being created to see the actual process in action. We will keep you updated on the Bevin Court Blog when we have agreed the time and date for this visit. If you’re interested in coming along then do email

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Get involved in the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project!

This is the main project page for the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project. In 2014 Islington Museum were awarded £72,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to:


  • conserve and restore Yates’ mural
  • create a replica bust of Ernest Bevin using 3D printing
  • hold a series of lectures, workshops and educational events for the residents and local people
  • create a community walk focusing on the history of Finsbury and Berthold Lubetkin


If you’re interested in being involved please u to talk to Alex Smith the project officer or give her a ring on 020 7527 2837.

Take a look at our partner page to find out who else in joining us in this project. Bevin Court Restoration Project was put together at the requests of the residents and I would like to thank them for their continued support and interest in the project.

Watch this space for further information.

Get involved!

Bevin Court Restoration Project Launch…T-1day

Tomorrow we will enjoy an afternoon of talks and presentations at the Peel Centre. The speakers will be:

  • Jiff Bayliss, discussing our brilliant community walk
  • *Special Guest* John Allan, Lubetkin’s biographer, putting Bevin Court in context
  • Tom Organ from Arte Conservation taking us through the challenges and tricks of restoring the Peter Yates mural
  • Mustafa Raee from iMakr, walking us through the process of scanning and 3D printing a replacement bust of Ernest Bevin

Celebration BC 23 May

Doors open at 1.45pm for tea and cake!

23 May event

First Free walk exploring the heritage of Bevin Court

Join us for our first official walk based on the social history of Bevin Court. We’ve worked with the residents of Bevin Court and Jiff Bayliss, a Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association (CIGA) Guide to create a walk that gives a background history of the area of Finsbury, the characters involved in the building and site, namely Lenin, Lubetkin, Bevin and Yates and the restoration project we are carrying out.

Come along to find out more.

BC walk 15 June

‘Dry run’ of new Lubetkin walk…

Thursday 14 th of May was the day picked for the last ‘dry run’ for our community walk, Lubetkin, Finsbury and Bevin Court, the time  – 6pm. Unfortunately Jiff and I did not get the memo to the weather… and it poured down!

Dry run walk

Our band of residents and heritage nuts braved the wettest of wet weather to add the final touches, suggestions and comments and now the walk is ready to be launched to the public.

This walk was created by our CIGA guide Jiff and our volunteers as part of the HLF funded Bevin Court Community Restoration project. They have researched a huge amount information on the history of Bevin court, Peter Yates, Lubetkin and the local development of Finsbuy. Its a really interesting walk and we hope you all get a chance to take part. For the date of the next walk please visit our walks section of this blog.

The first of these free walks is on 15 June. Lets hope for dryer weather!

How did the building get it’s name?

Bevin Court is located on the site of where Lenin lived in 1902, when he was in exile, hiding from the Tsar’s secret police.

In 1941 Lenin was commemorated on the site with a memorial designed by architect Berthold Lubetkin.

This filmclip shows the memorial being unveiled.

Lubetkin was born in 1901 in Tblisi in the then Russian Empire. He was 16 at the time of the revolution and was heavily influenced by the explosion of creative activity that followed 1917. This silent science fiction movie shows the constructivist influences that shaped Lubetkin’s work.