Upcoming Schools Visit to Bevin Court

On Tuesday 27 June 2017, Year 5 pupils from Clerkenwell Parochial School on Amwell Street will be visiting Bevin Court.

This visit is coordinated by the “Bevin Court Community Restoration Project” (which restored the mural and bust at Bevin Court), another Heritage London funded project called “Little Architect” and The Amwell Society.

Little Architect is an education and learning platform for teaching architecture and sustainability in London’s primary schools led by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. It promotes creative thinking and a better understanding of our built environment for future generations.

You can find out more about the Little Architect programme here:
http://littlearchitect.aaschool.ac.uk/

 

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Lubetkin Tour!

We created a guided walk that you can take with our CIGA guide Jiff Bayliss as part of our HLF funded Bevin Court Community Restoration.

We love this walk, but we had to miss out so much because we could not fly you all to Paris or take the bus to Dudley Zoo.  To solve this problem, we’ve made a Historypin tour, take a look, explore and enjoy.

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Walks for LAF2016

Join us for two special walks for London Architecture Festival 2016. CIGA guide Jiff Baylis and the Bevin Court Tenants and Residents Association invite you to take a stroll and learn about some of Lubetkin’s buildings in Finsbury. 

First walk: 4pm Thursday 9 June 

Second walk: 11am Saturday 11 Jun

Both walks start at Isligton Museum. To join either of these walks, please book. Take a look at some of our other events for London Architecture Festival 2016. 

Unveiled!

Sunday 23 May 2016, a year and a day to the day we launched the Bevin Court Community Restoration project, we were able to unveil the brilliant outcomes to everyone.

We were lucky enough to have a great team on hand to help with all the arrangements for the afternoons celebrations. Julia, Carol, Sue and Nancy and many other residents were enthusiastic in taking care of all the victualing and organizing. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a great spread.

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Julia had the great idea of making a cake with a picture of the mural on it. It worked so well that she made two…and some cupcakes with bulls heads to boot!

 

John Allan kindly introduced the audience to the topic and after a few thanks from Julia Barclay (Chair of the TRA and the main reason the project ever got off the ground) and Alex Smith (Project coordinator) we passed proceedings onto one of only two remaining original tenants of Bevin Court.

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Joan Edmonds was kind enough to unveil our beautifully restored mural  Day and Night, Winged Bulls by Peter YatesJoan has lived in Bevin Court since 1954 and has many fantastic memories about the place. You can listen to Joan and Carol, another original Bevin Court resident, recalling memories of the past 60 years in one of our oral histories. 

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We all got a chance to watch the great films that our young film makers made for us last summer. And even the community police got a bit of a break when they popped by to support the celebrations and have a piece of cake. We were thrilled to have Jolyon Yates, Peter Yates’ son, with us for the celebrations. The family have been indispensable in figuring out the complex history of the mural and it was brilliant to have him attend.

We were sad to be missing some of the most important people from the occasion: the conservation team. They had quite deservedly gone on holiday, so we will have to pass on our greatest thanks to them for enabling us to unveil a truly remarkable mural, restored to its former glory by a brilliant team.

 

Elain Harwood: Bevin Court in Context

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During London Architecture Festival join Heritage England’s Elain Harwood for a talk at Islington Museum. Elain has a passion for post-war architecture in England, writing England: A Guide to Post-war Listed Buildings and Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975.

Elain Harwood’s talk will put the architecture of Berthold Lubetkin’s Bevin Court back into the context of the post-war landscape in England.

Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

When: Thursday 2 June at 6pm

Cost: FREE

This special talk is taking place as part of the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project and the London Architecture Festival. Take a look at some of our other events.

Contact: islington.museum@islington.gov.uk or call 020 7527 2837 @IslingtonMuseum #BevinCourt

London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June. http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

John Allan: Bevin Court and Lubetkin

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As part of London Architecture Festival 2016, join Berthold Lubetkin’s biographer, John Allan at Islington Museum for a fascinating talk about Lubetkin and Bevin Court. Find out more about the building of the iconic Bevin Court, the different schemes Lubetkin imagined for the site and their development into the structure we know and love today.

Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

When: Thursday 9 June at 6pm

Cost: FREE

This special talk is taking place as part of the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project and the London Architecture Festival. Take a look at some of our other events.

Contact: islington.museum@islington.gov.uk or call 020 7527 2837 @IslingtonMuseum #BevinCourt

London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June. http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

Utopia London Screening

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Join us at Islington Museum Saturday 4 June at 2pm for a special screening of Utopia London for London Architecture Festival 2016.

Director, Tom Cordell, takes a journey in film through the city he grew up in, meeting the architects who designed it, and reuniting them with the buildings they created including some of Finsbury most famous landmarks including Finsbury Health Centre and Bevin Court.

Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

When: Saturday 4 June at 2pm

Cost: FREE

This special screening it taking place as part of the Bevin Court Community Restoration Project in London Architecture Festival. Take a look at some of our other events.

Contact: islington.museum@islington.gov.uk or call 020 7527 2837 @IslingtonMuseum #BevinCourt

London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June. http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

 

Bevin at the BBC

We recently had a visit to Bevin court by Elain Harwood from Heritage England. Elain has been a fan of Bevin Court for years and has included it in her numerous books.

We were lucky enough to be able to explore Bevin Court with Elain for an afternoon with her film crew. This is what they produced these shorts about the BT Tower and Bevin Court.

Take a look at the BBC’s The concrete truth? Brutalism can be beautiful and find out what Elain thinks of Bevin Court.