A “heritage” selection today, you see you can’t be a Chartered Building Surveyor without loving buildings old and new, firstly there is a new publication from Save Britain’s Heritage – Take a Chance on Me, The Buildings at Risk Catalogue 2011-201. They Say “It features a selection of 100 buildings from around England and Wales which will also be added to the online register on 1 June. This year there are contributions from the Scottish Civic Trust and the Ulster Heritage Society along with examples of threatened buildings in need of saving. Also included in the catalogue is helpful information on taking on a building in need and various spotlight sections. Take a Chance on Me is essential reading for anyone interested in heritage or who is looking to take on a restoration project.
It seems worthwhile drawing attention to Wiltons Music Hall. They say – “Wilton’s is the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. It belongs to the first generation of public house music halls that appeared in London during the 1850s and which, only fifty years later, had all but disappeared. Now owned by the Wilton’s Music Hall Trust and run by a very small and dedicated team of people, it produces imaginative, distinctive work that combines all art forms and spotlights new talent”. But, of course it always needs funds to keep it’s head above water and having just lost a bid for lottery funding needs more support again.
Finally on the Discovering London blog a small archive of salvage prints showing London’s Tower Bridge under construction have appeared, and are a fascinating insight onto the structural and constriction techniques of the very end of the 19th century… just don’t look too closely for any health and safety provision.