Houses on Allingham Street. Photo courtesy: Adrian Bagley

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Reading Buildings: A Volunteer's View on the Project

Our Eyes on Islington volunteer, Rosemary Brown, has recently written an article about participating in the project for the Canonbury Society annual newsletter. 

In the piece Rosemary shares some insight into her experience of volunteering on the project, what she has learned, highlighting a few favourite buildings from her research.

25 Canonbury Lane, Islington

The article provides a lovely volunteer's perspective of Our Eyes on Islington, and how the project has enabled Rosemary to 'read buildings' through her observations and explorations. 

Read the article here: Key to the Past

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Snapshot of Volunteer Research

Our Eyes on Islington volunteer, Lindsay Topping, who some of you may have met at volunteer catch-up events, has recently shared with us her unique record of some of the buildings she is researching.

As part of her process, Lindsay sketches the buildings with beautiful results! The sketches offer a special personal touch to the project, making the buildings on Islington's local list come alive in a unique way. 

33 Caledonian Road by Lindsay Topping
247-251 Pentonville Road by Lindsay Topping

Thank you Lindsay for sharing - we feel inspired and hope others do too! We look forward to seeing more illustrations as the project continues.

For any volunteers who are researching their buildings beyond the project brief, please get in touch so we can showcase all your efforts.

At the end of the project we will host an exhibition, and it would be wonderful to feature volunteer work in all forms!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Upcoming Volunteer Catch-up Event!

The next Volunteer Catch-up Session will take place as follows:

Date: Tuesday 1st November
Time: 6 - 8pm
Venue: Shaftesbury Tavern
Address: 534 Hornsey Road, N19 3QN

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing:

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Here are some dates for your diaries! The details of the next in our series of volunteer events are as follows:

Volunteer Catch-up Session 
Date: Thursday 15th September
Time: 6 - 8pm  
Venue: The Blacksmith & Toffeemaker Pub
Address: 292-294 St. John Street, EC1 4PA

Volunteer Induction
Date: Thursday 22nd September
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Venue: The Building Exploratory's office
Address: 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ

Volunteer Catch-up Session 
Date: Wednesday 5th October
Time: 6 - 8pm  
Venue: TBC

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing:

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Volunteers in Action!

Our Eyes on Islington project volunteers have been getting busy surveying the 1,200 buildings on Islington's Local List! 

Our Eyes on Islington Volunteer Induction: Building Surveying

A series of events including inductions, archive visits and talks from industry professionals are being organised to help volunteers carry out their research. 

Here are some photos from the most recent events, and there are more on the way! 

Volunteer Induction Session

Volunteers surveying buildings

Volunteer visit to the Islington Local History and Archives Centre

Welcome to the Our Eyes on Islington project blog!

Our Eyes on Islington is a two-year project by the Building Exploratory in partnership with Historic England and the LB of Islington that is reviewing Islington’s schedule of locally listed buildings with a team of volunteers and will make it publicly accessible through a bespoke website. The existing list has not been reviewed for the last 20 years, and given London’s fast pace of change, the project is timely and hopes to uncover and celebrate the borough’s rich, built environment heritage.

This blog is for volunteers and visitors alike to follow the project’s progress, ask questions and share information.

With 1,200 entries on the existing local list, there’s a lot of work to do but we’re looking forward to sharing the process here and hope that you find it interesting and helpful.