Cloth Fair Hidden Garden attracts the crowds

Last weekend was the first time that the Hidden Garden of Cloth Fair had joined more than 100 others in the London Open Garden programme, and it was a great success. Ten years ago the garden of St Bartholomew the Great was overgrown, and when Bernadette Skehan moved into a flat overlooking the space she … Continue reading “Cloth Fair Hidden Garden attracts the crowds”

The London Society offers a “sneak peek” into the site of the new London Museum

The London Society organises excellent walks and talks, and last week I was delighted to be able to join in a “sneak peek” organised by director Rob Fiehn just down the road at the site of the new London Museum. As a resident of Smithfield I’ve been following plans for the Museum’s move to West … Continue reading “The London Society offers a “sneak peek” into the site of the new London Museum”

City announces ‘cultural transformation’ of Smithfield

When I was floating the idea of a Museum of the Streets last year, I wrote: “In December 2022 the Museum of London closes after 45 years on the edge of the Barbican estate, and prepares for a move to former market buildings in West Smithfield. “The new museum promises to be amazing – but … Continue reading “City announces ‘cultural transformation’ of Smithfield”

’Seats at the table’ for equity coming to West Smithfield

Winners have been announced for the competition I wrote about in July to deliver in Spring 2023 “temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East London that collectively develop a deeper understanding of the public’s experience of streets and public spaces”. A news release announced that Re-Fabricate and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project won the competition … Continue reading “’Seats at the table’ for equity coming to West Smithfield”

£50,000 Smithfield design competition might take inspiration from Bartholomew Fair

Update: Winners have been announced with a proposal for ‘Seats at the table’. “The team will work with local disabled and non-disabled youth to co-design spaces of sharing, making, learning, nourishment and socialising”. More here. A new competition ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’ aims to deliver “temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East … Continue reading “£50,000 Smithfield design competition might take inspiration from Bartholomew Fair”