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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Tuesday 8 January, 6.30pm

Norwich Castle
ASCHB

With Hugh Feilden, of Feilden & Mawson.
Go to www.aschb.org.uk

Wednesday 9 January, 6.15pm

Film Night: New Town Utopia
Urban Design Group

New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. It features Jim Broadbent as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (citizensmith.net) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson.
www.udg.org.uk

Thursday 10 January, 6.30pm

Lecture
Sign Design Society

Subject to be advised.
More information at www.signdesignsociety.co.uk

Monday 14 January, 7.00pm

Gardens of the Great Strand Palaces
London Parks and Gardens Trust

Powerful bishops had their ‘inns’ and expansive gardens along the Strand but following the Dissolution most passed into the hands of high-ranking courtiers. These fine gardens were the site of great innovations in garden-making. With Paula Henderson.
www.londongardenstrust.org

Tuesday 15 January, 6.30pm

Workshop on viability
The London Forum

‘Viability’ is an essential tool for exploring whether developments could support more affordable housing or other public benefits. The Mayor’s Viability Team will discuss national and mayoral policy and key approaches to assessing viability and affordable housing delivery in London. Led by John Wacher, who leads the viability team at the Greater London Authority, and his colleague Charles Solomon, Viability Expert Advisor.
More information at www.londonforum.org.uk

Wednesday 16 January, 6.30pm

Marc Isambard Brunel and the making of London
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society

With Tom Furber, London Metropolitan Archives.
For more information go to www.glias.org.uk

Monday 21 January, 6.45pm

The threat of surveillance in an age of technology
Café Diplo

Silkie Carlo is the Director of Big Brother Watch, a non-party, non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting privacy and civil liberties in the UK. She will discuss the increasing use of sophisticated surveillance techniques, new powers obtained under the Investigatory Powers Act and the prospect of a free trade agreement in mass surveillance between the UK and the US.
www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

Tuesday 22 January, 6.00pm

National planning policy: can we have more homes without more traffic?
Transport for New Homes

Our country urgently needs new homes. However the machinery of our planning system brings sustainable transport into the equation far too late. This event will look at national planning policy; how does it deal with these issues and how might it be improved?
Book at www.transportfornewhomes.org.uk

Thursday 24 January, 6.30pm

Members’ Own Travels
Twentieth Century Society

This digital ‘slide show’, hosted by Carolyn Parmeter, will look at members’ own travels at home and abroad. Book at www.c20society.org.uk

Friday 25 January, 5.00pm

Friends Film Festival: showcasing London’s parks friends groups
CPRE London

A film festival and networking event showing a series of one minute films celebrating and demonstrating the vital work of London’s Friends of Parks Groups.
More information at www.cprelondon.org.uk/events

Tuesday 29 January, 7.00pm

The Smithsons’ German projects
Docomomo

Towards the end of their joint career, Alison and Peter Smithson started to work for the German furniture manufacturer Axel Bruchhäuser. It was a remarkably harmonious relationship and took the Smithsons’ work into issues and themes that they had not addressed before. Mark Crinson will describe these various projects and attempt to assess how they extend our understanding of the Smithsons’ work.
www.docomomo.uk

Wednesday 30 January, 6.30pm

The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth: history and restoration
The Gardens Trust

Dr Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust, discusses the remarkable garden created in the 1570s by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Perhaps the best recorded Elizabethan privy garden, it was at the heart of Elizabeth I’s long visit to the castle in 1575, and the subject of an ambitious restoration by English Heritage in 2009.
Book at thegardenstrust.org

Thursday 31 January, 6.15pm

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Urban Design Group

A joint event with London Living Streets discussing latest practice in creating people friendly neighbourhoods.
www.udg.org.uk

Monday 4 February, 6.45pm

The impact of foreign interventions in Africa
Café Diplo

Dr Alastair Fraser Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS will look at how foreign aid donors, NGOs and multinational companies promote their preferred economic and social agendas in Africa.
www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

Thursday 7 February, 6.30pm

Spring Lecture Series
Twentieth Century Society

The first of six lectures, marking 100 years of Bauhaus.
Book at www.c20society.org.uk

Monday 11 February, 7.00pm

Plant Drawings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London Parks and Gardens Trust

Accurate depictions of typical specimens are indispensable for plant recognition, and artists have been employed at Kew ever since Sir Joseph Banks appointed the great Francis Bauer for this purpose in 1790. Other works have been acquired by gift or purchase, and the collection now comprises over 200,000 items. Lynn Parker is Illustrations and Artefacts Curator at Kew.
www.londongardenstrust.org

Tuesday 12 February, 2.30pm

Transport
The London Forum

By popular request from Member Societies, this Open Meeting is in the afternoon rather than the evening. It will discuss topics related to transport.
For more information go to www.londonforum.org.uk

Tuesday 12 February, 6.30pm

Forum: The Value of Posterity
ASCHB

With Dean Sully, Robert Hewison.
www.aschb.org.uk

Thursday 14 February, 6.30pm

Spring Lecture Series
Twentieth Century Society

The second of six lectures, marking 100 years of Bauhaus.
Book at www.c20society.org.uk

Tuesday 19 February, 6.15pm

UDG Goes Global – Guangzhou Knowledge Exchange
Urban Design Group

Members of the UDG executive share their experiences and findings from the 2018 UDG mission to China.
www.udg.org.uk

Tuesday 19 February, 7.00pm

The View from the Bridge
Ocean Liner Society Gallery 2

A roundup of the Society’s Chairman’s travels between January and December 2018.
www.ocean-liner-society.com

Wednesday 20 February, 6.30pm

Oxford Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future
The Gardens Trust

Oxford Botanic Garden, founded in 1621, is the oldest botanic garden in the UK. Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Garden, reflects upon the its history, its current status and challenges, and ambitious plans for the future as the Garden’s 400th anniversary approaches.
Book at thegardenstrust.org

Thursday 21 February, 6.30pm

Spring Lecture Series
Twentieth Century Society

The third of six lectures, marking 100 years of Bauhaus.
Book at www.c20society.org.uk

Saturday 23 February, 5.30pm

Cinemas of Gotland, Sweden
Cinema Theatre Association

An illustrated talk by David Trever-Jones, reliving the CTA’s group visit to the island, last year, to discover the various cinema buildings and their architecture. Guests welcome.
Details from RichardNormanCTA@aol.com

Monday 25 February, 6.45pm

The global scourge of plastic waste – what is to be done?
Café Diplo

Dr Stephanie Wright will discuss how to limit the damage through better waste disposal and controlled use of this essential but environmentally destructive material, and the ‘microplastics’ which are now causing grave concern.
www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

Tuesday 26 February, 7.00pm

Brazilian Modernism
Docomomo

With architectural historian Andrew Higgott.
www.docomomo.uk

Wednesday 27 February, 6.30pm

Roller flour mills of London
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society

With Mildred Cookson, who formed the Mills Archive Trust, the world’s first specialist archive collecting and caring for records of milling history from around the world.
More information at www.glias.org.uk

Thursday 28 February, 6.30pm

Spring Lecture Series
Twentieth Century Society

The fourth of six lectures, marking 100 years of Bauhaus.
Book at www.c20society.org.uk