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The Spitalfields Journey | 2017 - 19 July 2017

Dennis Severs’ House is delighted to announce this years ‘Spitalfields Journey’ will be in collaboration with Sandys Row Synagogue.

Discover two of London’s most hidden gems and travel back in time through the history of Spitalfields. Visits will take place on August 29 and 31 and on September 5, 7, 12, 14, 26 and 28 at 12pm and 2pm. Visits will start at Sandys Row Synagogue and will last 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Starting with a guided tour to London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue and the third oldest in the country. Sandys Row was built as a Huguenot chapel and it’s the last fully functioning Jewish community in what was once the very heart of the Jewish East End, founded in 1854. Artefacts including a marble tablet commemorating King George V, a range of historic textiles and a reading desk cover presented by the Sandys Row Ladies Guild to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee will be on view.

After a short stroll through Spitalfields, you will visit Dennis Severs’ House, a powerful yet intimate evocation of the lives of an imaginary family of Huguenot silk- weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. You will wander in silence through the house’s ten rooms, each lit by fire and candlelight.

Tickets are £25 per person

To reserve your bookings please click here

Sandy Row Synagogue photograph by Jono David / HaChayim HaYehudim Jewish Photo Library

The Annual Christmas Installation - 10 July 2017

The Christmas Spirit returns to Dennis Severs’ House with the Annual Christmas Installation from the 19th of November 2017 to the 4th of January 2018. Cross the threshold of 18 Folgate Street and travel back in time into the 18th Century. Wander the house’s chambers lit by fire and candlelight and adorned in Christmas decoration.

This season enter Dennis Severs’ House to step into its inhabitants’ Christmas celebration. Become a guest of the Gervais, a family of Huguenot silk weavers that though sometimes can be heard, seem to be just out of sight…

Book online here

Art Night | 1 July 2017 - 12 June 2017

We're delighted to announce we'll be part of this years Art Night 2017!
  
This year’s edition of will take place across East London's historic area, in venues like ours and in lesser used spaces such as a Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz London and underneath Tower Bridge, in the Bascule Chamber.
    
We will have a selection of works by The Chapman brothers, Jake and Dinos, from their 'Defaced Prints' series which will be inserted into the existing furnishings of the house.
   
The event will take place on the 1st July from 6pm to 12am, free admission and no booking required. For more information click here
    
   

The Spitalfields Journey | 2016 - 04 May 2016

Take a journey back in time, inside two of London’s most magical and atmospheric museum houses, Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street and the Museum of Immigration at 19 Princelet Street. The visits take place in June and are priced at £25 per person.

To reserve your bookings please click here

Photograph by Joel Pike

 

Dennis Severs' House opens on Fridays - 15 January 2016

We are delighted to announce that from the 5th of February Dennis Severs' House will be open every Friday from 5 to 8pm. The price will be £15 per person.

To reserve your bookings please click here 

Campaign to save Norton Folgate - 25 March 2015

IN FEBRUARY THE SPITALFIELDS TRUST LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO STOP BRITISH LAND AND THE CITY OF LONDON FROM OBLITERATING NORTON FOLGATE IN SPITALFIELDS

In 1977 the newly formed Spitalfields Trust including Dan Cruickshank and with the support of Sir John Betjeman and Tower Hamlets Council stopped British Land from redeveloping Elder St. 

Now British Land has come back to bury Norton Folgate under a hideous corporate plaza.

With faint regard for the distinctive character and history of the ancient Liberty of Norton Folgate, British Land proposes the destruction of over 70 percent of the buildings on their site within the Elder St Conservation Area - and their replacement with a generic over–blown corporate development of large office blocks up to13 storeys high, and far exceeding the historic neighbourhood’s prevailing 3-4 storeys. 

The British Land proposal does not make an adequate enough contribution to the pool of jobs and housing for local people.  It is aimed at large corporations whilst offering little to the tech industries and smaller businesses so successful in this part of the East End.

Frustrated by a consultation process that appears to have had little meaning and has produced no significant change,the Spitalfields Trust is now OPPOSING British Land, in a fight to save the buildings and life of this historic neighbourhood and Conservation Area.

An exhibition illustrating the threat to the neighbourhood and an alternative approach to the reuse of the site: repairing its historic fabric rather than destroying it as proposed by British Land was held at Dennis Severs House in February and March of this year. A brochure illustrating the exhibition is currently available. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

For a simple guide on how to object to British Land's application, please click here


Photograph by Roelof Bakker