EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BEER *but were afraid to ask
The Palace Pint hop growing brigade have collected more than 10kg of Crystal Palace grown hops were collected which will be used in the 2014 vintage Palace Pint from the Penge-basedLate Knights Brewery.
More on the Palace pint-growers can be foun d in this write up from the Guardian:
TWEET YOUR #AskaCurator MUSEUM QUESTIONS
Croydon’s museum staff will be taking to Twitter on 17 September to answer questions from the public as part of an international project spanning 36 countries.
‘Ask a Curator’ is an annual event which lets people find out more about what goes on behind the scenes of their favourite museums and galleries.
Almost 500 institutions will be taking part internationally, and in Croydon the museum staff will be happy to answer any questions they can.
Croydon council’s Museum of Croydon Twitter address is @MuseumofCroydon and the hashtag for the day is #askacurator.
Cllr Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and sport, said: “This is a fun initiative which is also very educational.
“Queries can range from what is the oldest or strangest item in the collection to people wondering if the building is haunted. “But it’s up to people to use their imaginations about what they want to know.”
The @MuseumofCroydon account already has nearly 1,000 followers and is regularly being used to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Tweets include memorials to local soldiers who lost their lives and copies of articles from the local papers of the day. The hashtags being used are #Croydon1914 and #WW1. (Source: Croydon council press release)
CROYDON – AND ELSEWHERE – OPENS ITS DOORS ON 20 SEPTEMBER
Croydon council are joining with the rest of London to open their doors to the public on Saturday 20 September.
Open House London is an annual free, weekend-long event which allows anyone with an interest in buildings or the built environment to get a unique insight into the city’s urban heritage.
The council are showcasing Croydon’s two main civic buildings, the Clocktower complex and the newly-built Bernard Weatherill House as well as conducting tours of ‘Connected Croydon’ projects across the town.
The Clocktower Complex is a mix of old and new, being formed of the old Victorian Town Hall and the modern central library complex which was added in recent years and is now one of the busiest in the country.
Tours here will focus on the old building and will last 45 minutes, starting on the hour, from 10am until 1pm.
Bernard Weatherill House, named after the former speaker of the House of Commons, was only completed last year and replaces Taberner House as the main office base for many of Croydon Council’s employees. Tours of the offices start with refreshments on the 8th floor followed by a guided walk around the building with its panoramic views across the borough.
The ‘Connected Croydon’ tour takes in almost 30 elements of ten separate projects which have been completed or are underway as part of the council’s £50m programme of high street, public space, and transport improvements.
A map has been produced detailing each of the locations which will be of interest to anyone keen to see how the centre of Croydon is currently being transformed and regenerated. This is available from Croydon Visitor Centre or the council website and visitors are at liberty to visit as many of the sites as they want, at any time, with the full walk likely to take between two and three hours.
On Saturday 20 September between 11am and 3pm lead designers and council staff will be on hand at various locations to answer any questions about the specifics of each Connected Croydon project.
Cllr Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and sport, said: “Croydon’s urban heritage spans centuries of growth and development, as the range of buildings on show this weekend demonstrates.
“We are perhaps best known for the huge boom in office building in the 60s which painted the metropolitan picture which people see today.
“But that picture is changing, and we’re ambitious to see the town given a new lease of life over the coming years as billions of pounds are invested into the area. “Visitors to Open House in Croydon will be able to see this transformation beginning to unfold before their eyes.
“They will be able to follow our future progress too, as the council is committed to taking part in Open House London for the next four years.”
Also in the town centre there are a number of other buildings and tours available as part of the Open House weekend.
The ‘seven hills of Croydon’ tour takes in the town’s seven main multi-storey car parks, and for those looking to go back further in time there is the opportunity to look around the Grade I listed Old Palace, the Grade II listed Quaker School Hall, and the Whitgift Almshouses, dating back to 1596. Fairfield Halls are also taking part, which will give people a chance to see some of the improvements which are already being made as part of the multi-million pound regeneration of this major arts centre.
Elsewhere in Croydon St Matthew’s church in Chichester Road, Shirley Windmill and Airport House are also on the list of places to visit. (Source: Croydon council press release)