Never Mind the Bollards: The design and social history of our streets and public spaces

Thursday 18 June 2015


Store Street South Crescent, just outside of The Building Centre

Free to attend, no registration needed Go!

Bring your lunch, debate and heckle our public space experts – each of whom has been given 15 minutes to talk about the history and design London's public spaces.

Dr Matthew Ingleby, a Lecturer in Victorian studies at Queen Mary University of London, will be talking about the social and political history of railings and their role in democratic public spaces.

Sarah Gaventa curator of the Never Mind The Bollards installation will talk about the importance of keeping the historical legacy and patina of our streets and public spaces – what can old manholes and bollards tell us?

Peter Heath the Public Realm Technical Director of Atkins and a mine of historical knowledge will talk about the design development of our streets and public realm, their civic pride and craftsmanship, and how we can maintain such qualities today.

Robert Huxford will give us an unusual insight into the history and role of London’s street trees, explaining the story behind the Tyburn tree, why there were so few trees to be in Medieval London streets and what horses do to them…..

Never Mind the Bollards, curated by public realm expert Sarah Gaventa, explores the design history and potential future of London’s public realm.

Store Street South Crescent, like most old public spaces, contains a range of jetsam and flotsam of street furniture and other elements - bollards that are now superfluous but remain like grave markers, a patchwork of surfaces, manhole covers and blister paving, historic cobbles, telephone boxes, signs and magnificent Plane trees.

This NLA installation complements the current exhibition Public London, for more information on the supporting programme of events please click here

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