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Research Workshop Curating the city


23-24 May 2018, House Mill, Bromley-by-Bow, London
Two-day workshop to take place at House Mill, to examine the role of heritage management
and creative practice in making historic places matter to contemporary Londoners.

A theme for UCL/UGOT Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) Curating the City Research Cluster activities 2018-2020, will focus on Hidden Sites of Heritage. This will investigate making heritage places out of urban spaces through the tension between creative artistic practice and authorised heritage practice.

Hidden Sites of Heritage will examine the slow value of the physical remains of the past, where latency is considered a significant element in the enduring survival of heritage places and objects (Olsen 2010 118). It will consider diverse mechanisms of activating latency evident in the disciplines of heritage and the creative arts. This will investigate the potency of creative practice to examine the potential of preserved heritage to encourage contemporary encounters with the past lives of city dwellers and from this imagine future lives in the city. The desire to reveal all will be examined during public events and contrasted with the restricted specialness of limited and privileged access.


This interdisciplinary project involves working with researchers, students, artists, volunteers and audiences that will draw from the triangulated heritage perspectives of heritage, art, and architecture. The research site at House Mill will be curated to consider the impact of creative practice to explore the heritage work conducted on site. Recognising that heritage methodologies are not fixed, and will become the subject of interpretation, artists and designers will speculate on the value of the heritage management. By exploring both the artistic and spatial outputs of contemporary heritage practice, the palimpsest qualities within the site can be examined. Sometimes conclusive and sometimes open ended; the results of these explorations can be viewed as a valid outcome of the heritage conservation process itself. This will apply an interpretive methodology that will explore the role of the image making, formalised actions, and architectural/spatial interventions produced by heritage practice. We will be exploring the practice of heritage through House Mill people, site, artefacts, archives and related sources. By researching this data through the lens of creative practice, we will be able to apply new, transformative views of the making of heritage places and in relation activation and latency.

Research Site The House Mill - Bromley-by-Bow, London http://www.housemill.org.uk/ A grade 1 listed 18th century tidal mill, one of the best kept secrets in London.

Located on a man-made island (known since the medieval period as Three Mills). The Domesday Book recorded Britains earliest known mills here in 1086, whilst the foundations of the current House Mill date back to 1380-1420. The current building dates to 1776, is the worlds largest surviving tidal mill. The Clock Mill, opposite, was rebuilt in 1817. There was also a third mill, a windmill, which survived until about 1840. The mills provided flour for the local bakers of Stratford-atte-Bow who sold their bread in the City of London. In the 18th century use changed to gin production the Three Mills Distillery.

The House Mill ceased operation during the Second World War, but the Clock Mill continued until 1952. The neighbouring Millers House, demolished in the late 1950s and reconstructed in the 1990s. The façade was rebuilt to the original 1763 design using original materials recovered from the bombed site. The House Mill was saved from demolition in the 1970s, when ownership was transferred to the Passmore Edwards Museum Trust (renamed the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust in the 1980s), now the House Mill Trust. The House Mill Trust arranges activities and including heritage tours, concerts, art exhibitions, and training classes.

Datum & tid: 2018-05-23 kl 00:00 till 2018-05-24 kl 23:59

Kategorier: Internationellt

Plats: London

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Kontaktperson: Ingrid Holmberg


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