Open House London promotes the appreciation of architecture within the general public and its annual Open House weekend, which began in 1992, provides an opportunity for anybody to look around buildings that are usually out of bounds.
Usually at this time of year, JTA staff are flicking through the Open House brochure and planning their routes across the city. However, this year we decided to team up with The Conservatoire in Blackheath to show off the Grade II listed building that we work from, the oldest surviving purpose-built cultural complex in London.
The Silver Anniversary of the Open House weekend was a busy one with over 800 buildings opening their doors. In total, around one hundred building fans came through The Conservatoire buildings to take part in our architectural tours, family workshops and drop-in consultations.
The tour groups were walked through each floor of the Music and Arts buildings, discovering beautiful architectural design as well as stories of the colourful characters that occupied the various spaces in the past 120 years. These included Lady Superintendent Miss Mary Botting, young music student Kate Bush, art tutor James Woodford and the Royal Air Force to name but a few.
Overall the day was a great success as it allowed us to meet with building enthusiasts from near and far and show off JTA HQ! Further details of the building can be found on the Open House Highlights webpage.
Next year we hope to join forces with the Blackheath Musical Halls to provide a bigger Open House weekend event, so be sure to build it in to your 2018 route plan!
Special thanks to Art Tutor Kirsten for her craft expertise in the family workshop and to Tuition Administrator Chris for his unbeatable knowledge on the history of The Conservatoire.