11 November 2009

London Shh... goes live!

The launch of London Shh… and our new website took place last night, Tuesday 10 November, in the atmospheric surroundings of 300 year old Burgh House in Hampstead.  A host of guests from the heritage world, as well as the Deputy Mayor of Camden, Councillor Lulu Mitchell, and representatives of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Campaigns Office, heard architectural historian Dan Cruickshank give a rousing speech, outlining just why these hidden gems of London architecture should be brought out into the open.  Introducing the group, Kate Streeter, General Manager of Burgh House, spoke of the challenges facing small, independent historic buildings. With tiny staff teams and often little or no marketing budget, the London Shh... houses recognise that banding together could help to recession-proof their organisations, and introduce new audiences to their rich histories.

06 November 2009

London Shh... Official Launch: 10 November 2009

On Tuesday 10 November, London Shh... an organisation highlighting the capital's hidden gems will be officially launched at a champagne reception hosted by architectural historian, Dan Cruickshank.  The reception will take place at the stunning and atmospheric 18th century Burgh House in Hampstead.

During the evening, guests will be able to see an exhibition featuring the founding members of London Shh... (Freud Museum, Benjamin Franklin House, Dr Johnson's House, Kelmscott House, Handel House Museum and Burgh House) and staff from these properties will be on hand to answer questions about their houses and future plans for London Shh... 

Earlier this year, a BBC4 film crew began documenting the life of the Freud Museum for a programme to be aired in spring 2010.  The film maker, Richard Macer, has been following the development of London Shh... initiative and will be filming at the launch event, and doubtless joining us in a celebratory drink on the night!