Gallery Events

The Gallery was established by Alan Baxter in the 1990s as a central London venue where individuals, special interest groups and professional organisations can hold lectures and exhibitions about the built environment. Many of the key issues on architecture, the environment and urban design are debated here.

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Monday 1 April, 6.45pm

Saudi Arabia and the West: the future of a toxic relationship
Café Diplo

David Wearing is a teaching fellow in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He will argue that the need for petrodollars and access to the sovereign wealth of Saudi Arabia to ease western current account deficits has led to western connivance with the Saudi regime in its regional objectives in the Middle East.

Tuesday 2 April, 6.30pm

The London Plan: policies for Green Infrastructure and the Urban Greening
Landscape Institute London

Samantha Davenport, Green Infrastructure Senior Policy and Programs Officer at the GLA will take a detailed look at the Urban Greening Factor, the context for Green Infrastructure policy in London, and the new policy framework & key changes in the new London Plan.
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Thursday 4 April, 6.30pm

The London Forum

A workshop on broadening the membership base.

Tuesday 9 April, 6.30pm

Turner’s House – Sandycombe Lodge

Gary Butler, a lecturer at the Building Crafts College, discusses the house in Twickenham that JMW Turner designed for himself and which was restored to its original form two years ago.
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Wednesday 10 April, 6.30pm

Studying orchards in Eastern England
The Gardens Trust

Professor Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia, will discuss the preliminary findings of a research project on the history of orchards.
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Thursday 11 April, 6.30pm

Sepulchral sculpture: a sacrificial mystery
The Mausolea and Monuments Trust

Sculptor in Ordinary to H M The Queen in Scotland, join Alexander Stoddart as he looks at current sculptural development in the UK.
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Monday 15 April, 6.45pm

Security, conflict and exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Café Diplo

The DRC has experienced intense human and resource exploitation and violence throughout its history. Dr Zoe Marriage (SOAS) will talk about the current situation in the DRC, and the prospects for development and security.

Tuesday 16 April, 7.00pm

Cruising at the cutting edge
Ocean Liner Society Gallery 2

With a round up of some of the most noteworthy ships, trends and experiences Matt Sudders discusses the present state of the industry and its key designs.

Wednesday 17 April, 6.30pm

Ripples in time
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society

The building of Greenwich power station & the unintended consequences for the Royal Observatory. By Graham Dolan.
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Wednesday 24 April, 6.30pm

Meeting the needs of hidden disabilities
Sign Design Society

Details to be announced.
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Thursday 25 April, 10.00am

Living on the Edge: Records of Suburbia
British Records Association

Admired, taken for granted, dismissed - the suburbs provoke diverse reactions. This one day conference will explore the way in which the history of the suburbs, and those living in them, can be traced through our documentary heritage.
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Monday 29 April, 6.45pm

Reforming the Drug Laws to Improve Health
Café Diplo

Professor David Nutt of Imperial College will argue that although the current drug laws are designed to reduce drugs use and harms, they do neither - if anything, prohibition based approaches increase them.

Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm

A future for the shared heritage of Scotland & Bengal

Details to be announced.
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Tuesday 7 May, 7.00pm

Young Urbanist Water Series: resilient cities
Young Urbanists

Details to be announced.

Thursday 9 May, 6.30pm

The pressures on London’s parks
The London Society

With cuts in public spending impacting on London’s parks, how do we continue to fund and maintain these essential green spaces in the capital? Local authorities struggle to pay for their upkeep and encourage events, festivals and other money-raising activities. Tony Leach (Chief Executive, Parks for London) and Tom Jarvis (Director of Parks, The Royal Parks) explore how parks can accommodate private events as well as public access.
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Monday 13 May, 6.45pm

Café Diplo

To be advised.

Tuesday 14 May, 6.30pm

University Buildings of James Stirling and James Gowan

With Thomas Pearson, Senior Designer & Conservationist at Arup.
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Wednesday 15 May, 6.30pm

Trinity Buoy Wharf and the proposed historic ships collection for London
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society

With Richard Albanese, Maritime Heritage Project Manager at Trinty Buoy Wharf.
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Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm

Open meeting
The London Forum

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Tuesday 21 May, 7.00pm

Breaking the mould

Robin Nicholson on James Stirling’s remarkable Olivetti Haslemere building.

Tuesday 21 May, 7.00pm

Members’ miscellany
Ocean Liner Society Gallery 2

A hugely enjoyable, privileged look at some beautiful images from the world of passenger shipping provided by the Society’s members.

Wednesday 22 May, 6.00pm

Transport for New Homes

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Thursday 23 May, 6.00pm

Your right to the city – do we need an urban right to roam?
CPRE London

As London becomes more dense pressure on green and open spaces and the wider public realm will grow. How can we increase and improve public access in London? Join CPRE London to discuss the issues with leading experts and campaigners including Antonia Layard, Anna Minton, Marion Shoard, Kate Ashbrook, Daniel Raven-Ellison and Crispin Truman.
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Wednesday 29 May, 6.30pm

The remarkable sugar houses of Georgian London – completely vanished
Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica

With architectural historian Andrew Byrne.
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Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm

London’s planning battles: The Heron Tower
The London Society

The Heron Tower Public Inquiry centred on plans for a 42 storey tower in the City. The scheme’s backers argued that the City’s dynamism and role as a global financial centre were threatened by the stultifying effects of a heritage lobby. Its opponents feared for the future development of London’s skyline and the preservation of the City’s heritage. Speakers from both sides of the argument, including Peter Rees, the former Chief Planner at the City of London, will reflect on what it was like to be involved in such a high profile decision.
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