London Festival of Architecture

Where do you think you are?

The theme for this year’s London Festival of Architecture is ‘Memory‘. Local architects have collected memories of Hammersmith’s changing architecture which will be presented at an exhibition at St. Paul’s Centre from 20 to 29 June. The exhibition, in partnership with West London Link,  captures the character of a handful of places in central Hammersmith, including Hammersmith Town Hall, the Broadway Centre, and the Apollo.

Come and explore the changing character of the past, the dreams for the future and how places that once formed the scenery for many people’s most vivid memories of Hammersmith have now disappeared. Open: Weekdays, 9.30am – 5.30pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm (Closed Sunday).

Additionally, there are two FREE guided walks this month as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The first on 3 June will meet at the statue at Hammersmith station at 11am and is also part of Hammersmith Arts Fest. It is about the Lyric Hammersmith and the importance of the memory of an Edwardian theatre encased in a modernist shell and Hammersmith Library. Admire the architecture and history of these two iconic buildings and hear about the local memories encapsulated there.

The second walk is on 24 June, meeting at Hammersmith station at 11am. Hear about the memories, both architectural and otherwise, of St Paul’s Church. Among those commemorated in St. Paul’s church are a local builder, a local engineer, and a slave trader. Take this chance to visit the church, see their memorials, and hear how St. Paul’s has grown into a thriving community.