Director’s Diary: architecture, theatre and plants

We remember, with great sadness, the innocent people attacked on London Bridge last weekend. Like most organisations and local establishments we decided the best answer to this senseless violence was to carry on as best we could.

The Museum bustled with activity whilst a team of designers produced a magical garden and high tech dance floor for an unspeakably elegant and glamorous wedding reception. We offer congratulations and thanks to bride and groom Yifei Chai & Liya Ye, who visit here often and love this place. We are delighted they chose to celebrate their important day here and hope to show photographs in due course. 
 
We hosted another wedding for Pop Up Opera: a joyful and entertaining Il Matrimonio Segreto performed each night to a full house, whilst the Midnight Apothecary served cocktails. This week the Friends of the Royal Academy and Friends of the Museum of London enjoyed a large turn out for each of their heritage boat trips and riverside walks, and other groups visited as part of the Crossrail Archaeology event organised by our partners Museum in Docklands
 
Next week is London Festival of Architecture. On Tuesday we host a debate on Re-usable Buildings and on Thursday at a special open meeting of the Tunnel Club, Chairman of Trustees Bryn Bird will give a talk about Marc Brunel: the Greater Genius? The Midnight Apothecary will serve cocktails and we propose the traditional toast (since 1834) to Sir Marc. Earlier the same day Robert Hulse will speak at the Royal Society Medicine. On Wednesday the fabulous Handlebards perform Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream in the Grand Entrance Hall, our underground theatre. We remember the famous painting from the play, commissioned by Brunel and painted by Sir Edwin Landseer
Friday and Saturday the Midnight Apothecary will be serving cocktails and organising descents of the Grand Entrance Hal – book early.
Saturday and Sunday is Open Garden Squares Weekend, one of the busiest and most delightful of London’s events held in over two hundred gardens all over the capital.  Visit their website  for a selection of pictures from our own roof garden. The Museum will be open till late.

Sunday 11th June 
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
14.00 field trip Geological Society of Natural History Museum
17.30 Cafe Gallery & Roof Garden: reception and private view for the works of Kate Stephens

Monday 12th June
10.00 Artist Anne Krinsky visits preparing for Totally Thames Festival
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Tuesday 13th June
10.00 City & Village group visit: Archaeology of Crossrail
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
13.00 Visit Transport Trust and Red Wheels
18.00 London Festival ArchitectureReusing London’s Lost Infrastructure (debate)

Wednesday 14th June 
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
19.30 Midsummer Night’s Dream: A play by William Shakespeare (and Handlebards) and a picture by Sir Edwin Landseer, courtesy of IK Brunel

Thursday 15th June 
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
11.30 Royal Society Medicine, Wimpole Street. Brunel’s Great Eastern (lecture) by Museum Director Robert Hulse
18.00 London Festival Architecture and Engineering Club AND Cocktails: Remembering Marc Brunel: The Greater Genius (lecture) by Bryn Bird, Chairman of Brunel Trustees

Friday 16th June 
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
17.30 Cocktails with Midnight Apothecary

Saturday 17th June 
Open Garden Squares Weekend
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
13.30 lunch at the Tunnel Club, Mayflower pub upper room 
17.30 Cocktails with Midnight Apothecary        
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