London Open House Weekend - 21/22 September 2019

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  1. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    This year's London Open House weekend is 21 / 22 September - website says '800 buildings, walks, talks and tours'

    Guide book can now be pre-ordered, will be issued in August.

    Volunteer slots will be open 1 July (doing half a day's stewarding somewhere gets you a free copy of the guide book and also a pass for priority admission to all but the 'tickets by ballot' buildings.)
     
  2. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    Volunteer steward slots (generally half a day) open today. Includes Lambeth Town Hall and Brixton Windmill for the Brixton based urbanites, and the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell for those so inclined.

    Stewarding tends to be the basic meet / greet / pointing people in the right direction - you're not expected to be expert on the building / site you're at (although a bit of homework is no bad thing)

    I'm currently having a fit of indecision...
     
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  3. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    Yes, me too.
    I have volunteered for the past few years but not sure if I want to do it this year. I do enjoy it but felt really tired at the end of my shift last year.
    I volunteered for the London Open Garden Squares last month but that's always more chilled.
    I've had the email with the list from them, I'll have a look tomorrow :)
     
  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    i don't think i could face being queue marshal at one of the really popular places.

    i went for beckenham place park this year
     
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  5. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I've actually been outside on my own at two private residencies dealing with queues when it was the first time the owners had opened to the public and had no experience of what to do :D
    At one had to deal with a rather drunk lady from a house a bit further up the road who came to see what was happening and wanted to go in :facepalm: I managed ok but I'm really not good at that sort of thing!
     
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  6. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    :(

    not sure i'd fancy somewhere like that either. i've tended to do places that have some regular staff / volunteers but need a few extra people to deal with the basics for the weekend. trying to remember what i've done in recent years, think it's been the brunel museum in rotherhithe, the fire brigade museum (now closed courtesy of that twat johnson) in lambeth, manor house library in lewisham, the master shipwright's house in deptford (working with the 'build the lenox' project people as it's not regularly open to the public)

    ultimately, each to their own - i'm a transport worker (mainly hidden behind a desk and computer these days) but still get out now and then and run bus services (sometimes rail replacement jobs) so dealing with people doesn't hold many terrors for me...
     
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  7. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    Right, I've gone for an easier option and chosen somewhere I did a few years ago, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation offices in Hoxton Square :)
    It wasn't too busy and I was there with a staff member. Nice offices and interesting organisation.
     
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  8. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    the event guide book has now gone out to volunteers (mine landed yesterday) and listings all goes public on tuesday (20th)

    as do the ballots for the buildings where they draw names out of an electronic hat
     
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  9. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

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  10. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Being away, this has passed me by. I have now entered the ballot for 3 buildings. One or two of the prebooked
    buildings are already fully booked :(
    A quick look only so far; it looks like no Government Art Collection this year? A quick look at the website shows
    they are relocating Government Art Collection - Visit Us
     
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  11. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Marshaling at one of the busier places could possibly be easier since you will have a few other vols (some experienced?) with you.
     
  12. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    That's interesting.
    I visited a few years ago, very interesting tour and the guy who took us round had a great sense of humour :thumbs:
     
  13. hash tag

    hash tag member

    The GAC was my favourite find with London Open House.
    Was hoping to find one or two closed tube stations open, but this doesn't appear to be the case.
    I see there is a midnight tour of the Jubilee Line!
     
  14. hash tag

    hash tag member

    55 Broadway also fully booked. Normal price for rare openings £38.50 :eek:
     
  15. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I've just had an email from London Open House, they still need volunteers at quite a few places, if anyone is interested in helping out you can get in touch with them on -
    Open House: pages#home
     
  16. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Yet again, I applied for several of the ballot buildings and yet again it would appear that I have come away with zilch. Over all the years I have been going to Open House
    and applied to go to the ballot buildings I have never once been successful :(
    aybe I shall just go for a walk instead.
     
  17. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

  18. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    :(

    I don't know what the odds are for the really big name attractions.

    Hope you find somewhere worthwhile to visit
     
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