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Layers of London: Inventive Vents - mapping London's secret ventilation shafts - 5 October morning session

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, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
IHR Research Training Room, N318, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Layers of London
020 7862 8794

Mapping London's Hidden Ventilation Shafts with Layers of London and Our Hut

When? Saturday 5th October  10am - 1pm

Ventilation shafts appear all over the city, often disguised as buildings, or other forms of architecture. Many have been designed by eminent architects or artists such as Thomas Heatherwick’s cooling vents for an electricity substation in Paternoster Square and Eduardo Paolozzi’s cast metal sculpture for a ventilation cover in Pimlico. Others, by less known or anonymous designers nonetheless have an impact and deserve to be celebrated and recorded, for example, the Tudor-style hut in Soho Square and the ‘Submarine’ in Camberwell. There is huge diversity in the materials and design of ventilation shafts; from utilitarian cast iron Victorian stink pipes in a variety of heights to the vast new blue glass shaft in Blackfriars station, which, taken altogether will make such a focus on a building type a unique and fascinating one.

Come along and meet the Our Hut team delivering this fascinating project and find out how you can get involved in researching and mapping ventilation shafts on Layers of London and finding out the secret and invisible workings of the city. Layers of London engagement team members will be on hand to introduce, explain and support participants navigating the Layers of London site and adding their own research.

There are four sessions to choose from:

Thursday 3 October 10:00 - 13:00

Thursday 3 October 14:00 - 17:00

Saturday 5 October 10:00 - 13:00

Saturday 5 October 14:00 - 17:00

Refreshments provided

Refreshments provided