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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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.

BEvin Opening

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

 

Guiding Lubetkin

This blog was kindly written for us by Jiff Bayliss. Jiff is our qualified Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association Guide who took up the mantel of creating a community walk with the residents of Bevin Court.

When, in in the summer of 2014, Islington Museum secured Heritage Lottery funding to undertake the restoration of Peter Yates’ 1954 mural in the lobby of Bevin Court, one of the exciting ideas included in the project was to take a lead from the community and have a series of community initiatives.

As well as establishing a website, restoring the bust of Ernest Bevin and engaging with the wider community, a walk to put the mural into local and historical context was planned and I put in a proposal to the Heritage Team as to how we might approach this.

The initial brief was to produce a walk which told the story of:
• Berthold Lubetkin, the architect of Bevin Court, and his associates
• the local landmarks associated with Lubetkin, and
• the history of the area’s development.

The intention was to make this a community led initiative and a steering group of Bevin Court residents was formed to oversee the walk’s development with the aid of some professional support. Alex, the project co-ordinator, convene and chaired the meetings with myself as the Clerkenwell and Islington Guide, who would be leading the walks.
The Gang
Some of the Gang: Paula, Julia, Sue, Jiff and Alex. We also had huge help from Carol, Tom, Haidee and David.

One of the first things to sort out was how long we would like the walk to be. I advised that for an hour walk the total number of stops should be between 7 and 10.  We then started with a brainstorm of possible stops within a mile and a half of Bevin Court, “The Gang” identified 18 stops which was then whittled down to 12 then 10.

We then went through all the information and stories and discussed what it was that we wanted to impart to people on the walk. One of the challenges was to think about how this information could be related to the stops so we had to make sure the stops were:

  • safe to stop at
  • interesting and informative in their own right
  • make sense of how they are related to the wider theme of the walk

To work through how the walk would flow I  summarised all of our stops and ideas in  a matrix.

Bevin Court Walk Matrix

Once we had all our thoughts agreed I was sent away to do the initial research. After much discussion,  we finalised our tour to 10 stops. Due to the time restraints and what the group wanted to focus on, Spa Green Estate and the New River Company headquarters were dropped and it was agreed that the final 5 stops would all be inside Bevin Court. Now to try it out…

Three “Dry Runs” were undertaken with residents and Islington Museum staff, some more successful than others…!
Dry run walk
The walk was finalised with an extra 11th stop at Wilmington Square.

Bevin Court Walk Route

This is the route was followed with its first walkers on 18 July 2015. It has been repeated 8 times since  winning compliments from participants and recommendations from the Royal Academy and the London Architectural Diary.

Well done, Gang!! Another 8 walks are planned taking the programme into summer 2016. A broader Historypin tour showing and mapping all of Lubetkin’s work in the UK (and Paris) will be available in the new year.

December walk exploring Lubetkin and Bevin Court

Jiff Bayliss will be leading his walk Lubetkin, Finsbury and Bevin Court once a month and tickets for his December 5th walk are now available.

Saturday December  5th meeting at Islington Museum 11am

Tickets for the walks are £8 and the walks are strictly limited to 15 places, so book up soon!

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You can book a place on these walks by clicking the above links. We look forward to seeing you.

Bevin Through the Lens

In August 2015 the Bevin Court Restoration Project went on film. Over three days 10-12 August 11 students came together to explore Bevin Court through art. They learnt all about the sites significance and produced a brilliant exhibition of artworks inspired by this heritage.

Six of these students were interviewed to join us on a two week film making course with Cubitt artist  Ella Medley-Whitfield. Their schedule was tight, but they managed to:

  • visit the Clerks’ Well
  • go on a guided walk to explore the area of Finsbury
  • get an introduction to Archives and Museums by Mark Aston
  • use the archive and museum to research their films
  • visit Unite the Union to interview the Chief of Staff, Andrew Murray
  • visit Imakr studio on Clerkenwell Rd to get a clued up on 3D printing.
  • interviewed John Allan, Lubetkin’s biographer
  • interview Tom Organ, the lead conservator on the mural restoration.
  • and interview loads of Bevin court’s residents

They then hit the editing room and composed six amazing short films. We had a film screening of their works at Islington Museum on the evening of 27 August. The films the produced knocked our socks off, you can see the videos they created here!

You can also watch Ella Medley-Whitfield’s documentary looking at the wider project.

Adila Nasrin

Bryan Francis Harrera

Keva Oscar 

Mitul Depala

Rahim Ali

Sophia Oscar