Revive Bartholomew Fair? Maybe it’s already happening in Culture Mile

Articles in the EC1Echo about reviving Bartholomew Fair in 2023 have attracted support. However, in lots of ways we already have an all-year Fair taking place in the many venues along the City of London’s Culture Mile. Here’s a discussion paper on how we might combine a new Fair with promotion of those very varied … Continue reading “Revive Bartholomew Fair? Maybe it’s already happening in Culture Mile”

Curating coverage of the London Wall West debate

Proposals to develop the site currently occupied by the Museum of London have provoked strong opposition. I’ve used Wakelet to curate the first week’s campaign coverage and tweets. More in this earlier post about the Cash versus Culture discussion that has echoes from 50 years ago, when the Barbican Arts Centre was the focus. View … Continue reading “Curating coverage of the London Wall West debate”

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Restaging Bartholomew Fair on the ground and online

Update April 2023: The City Corporation are planning a spectacular City-wide Bartholomew Fair in September. Next year Barts Hospital and St Bartholomew the Great celebrate 900 years of service. The Fair that was started to help fund their work became a huge success – but was eventually closed down for encouraging debauchery and public disorder. … Continue reading “Restaging Bartholomew Fair on the ground and online”

Does a name follow a sense of community or vice versa?

When Oliver Bennett, editor of the excellent EC1 Echo, invited me to write a column, I focussed on the many different names we use for local neighbourhoods. Smithfield, Farringdon, Aldersgate, Cripplegate, Barbican, Barts Square, Clerkenwell, St Luke’s, Finsbury are a few. It set me wondering how far this detracts from any shared sense of community. … Continue reading “Does a name follow a sense of community or vice versa?”