27 July 2010

The Story of London Festival 2010- 'Ahead of their Time' Event

London Shh...will be hosting an evening of hands-on activities on Tuesday 5 October 6-9pm at Benjamin Franklin House for The Story of London festival 2010- a celebration of London’s past, present and future. Visitors will be invited to discover the innovations of some of London’s most famous former residents. Representatives from each of the seven London Shh…houses will present their former residents’ groundbreaking ideas, inventions, works of art and music which helped shape our capital's future.  Activities including arts and crafts, experiments, talks by specialists and quizzes will be available for all to try in the beautiful setting of an atmospheric Grade I listed Georgian House. The evening is an ideal opportunity to uncover some of the capital's most innovative residents and their historic houses over a socialable after work drink. The event will be funded by Renaissance London.

Tickets: £5 per person, and include a glass of wine

Location: Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF

Booking details: Please visit http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb112103358 or send a cheque made payable to London Shh to Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF

For more information contact Sally James, Benjamin Franklin House info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org


08 July 2010

Shh... We're having a garden party!

On 15 July, the Freud Museum is delighted to be hosting a Summer Party for London Shh…, a group Small Historic Houses which tell the stories of their fascinating and famous former residents.


Freud once observed "Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts." The garden at the Museum is particularly beautiful, especially at this time of year, when Freud’s beloved rose garden is in full bloom.


All are welcome to come along on the 15th and discover his home in London, see his extraordinary study, crammed with exotic antiquities, the iconic psychoanalytic couch  draped in oriental rugs and walls lined with countless tomes. 


Tickets to this fundraising event will include a glass of Pimm’s on arrival and delicious canapés, so why not get some friends together and come and see why Freud loved his garden so much.


Also available on the night will be a pay bar, games, two new exhibitions and a fabulous raffle with prizes donated by each house.


Tickets cost £15 / £13 (concessions)

To book, please visit: http://shhgardenparty.eventsbot.com/ or send a cheque payable to London Shh to the Freud Museum20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX


For further information please go to www.freudmuseum.org


01 July 2010

Kids Get Crafty at Kelmscott House

“…a danger that the strongest and wisest of mankind, in striving to attain to a complete mastery over Nature, should destroy her simplest and widest-spread gifts, and thereby enslave people to them, and themselves to themselves…”William Morris, 1880


Young adventurers put their creativity into action using William Morris's most-loved design principles.  The half-term workshop was organised by volunteers at Kelmscott House, in what was a delightful sunny afternoon in one of London's greatest hidden treasures. Patterns in nature were translated into patterns in art – a contemporary reflection of Morris's methods. Ornamenting everyday objects also aptly demonstrated how both observation and art can enhance self-empowerment.


In the timeless spirit of the Kelmscott Press, participants designed their own book covers, ready to bind. They moved through three stages of production, which included an intriguing exploration of the gardens, folding their painted designs to witness the intricacy of repeated patterns, and using stamps to add a personal touch. This event is being planned again for the summer, so stay tuned!