Hunterian Museum events January to March 2012

The Hunterian Museum is one of the most remarkable public collections in London - there's a great video with a quick tour, including having a go at keyhole surgery.  Here are their exhibitions and public lectures for the first quarter of 2012.  don't miss Abnormal on perceptions of disability which is on until 14 January. …

Lincoln’s Inn Fields as a TV support depot

On many weekends the parking bays to the East and South of the fields become packed to the gills with caravans and trailers.  The Fields look like a badly managed caravan park in Devon and ring to the sound of the generator truck(s).   Each crew is different but it's not uncommon to see waste …

Minutes 10 November 2011 – Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields – FLIF

Minutes of the FLIF meeting held on Thursday 10th November 2011 Present: Robert McCracken (Chair) Noreen Kent Peter Dodge Walter Hand Apologies: Sue Palmer David Hills Keith Clarkson Amanda Rigby Outstanding Items from previous meeting Interior Railings. Following the correspondence Robert had with Camden he subsequently had a meeting with Cllr Fulbrook and received the …

St Giles to Holborn – consultation affecting North end of the Fields

Camden are beginning to consult on a plan for the St Giles-Holborn area.  Their thesis is that Crossrail will encourage development in the area and it would benefit from being seen as a contiguous whole.  New Oxford Street that connects the two areas is generally a dump.  The pedestrian environment is awful and (with the …

Parking in Lincoln’s Inn Fields – £44,500 per annum for Camden Council from Pay and Display machines

This post is rounding up background information on parking policy to help make sense of Camden's parking policy review.  The annual parking bible Parking and Enforcement report 2010 says: Most aspects of Camden’s parking regime are being reviewed in 2010/11, with a view to simplifying arrangements. The way in which a particular part of the service …

Railings Camden’s poor decision process – response to delayed documentation

In the ongoing saga of Camden's process and decisions on the removal of the internal railings on the Fields the Chair of the Friends of Lincoln's Inn Fields  (FLIF) writes back to the Council after the delayed receipt of crucial documents. 26th September 2011 I have now received some of the material for which I …

Camden Council removal of railings at Lincoln’s Inn Fields – chronology

This new website for the Friends of Lincoln's Inn Fields hopes to explain what is going on around the Fields and the background to major developments.  The internet allows us to share information more readily and conduct business in a more transparent way.  An immediate issues is the removal of the railings by Camden Council. …

Cllr Sue Vincent pauses precipitate removal of railings by Camden officers

The Friends did not receive a reply to the Chair's correspondence with Fiona Dean Assistant Director Culture and Customer Directorate at Camden Council questioning the basis for her decisions in removing the railings and asking for further information. Local people spotted on 16 September 2011 that Camden contractors had begun to remove the railings.  Cllr Vincent stepped …

Camden Council removal of railings – letter to Shaun Kiddell Head of Parks and Open Spaces

At the AGM Camden's proposed removal of the railings was a major topic of discussion. The Friends Chairman wrote to the head of parks to try and get to the bottom of the strange lack of communication from Camden Council officers. 9th June 2011 Shaun Kiddell Head of Parks and Open Spaces Camden Council 7th …

English Heritage draft masterplan for Lincoln’s Inn Fields July 2009

English Heritage produced a draft plan for Lincoln's Inn Fields several years ago.  The diagram below shows the draft circulated in 2009.  EH's approach is an odd one, picking and choosing historical features.  They propose to restore the historical patterns of the C19th but choose to remove the internal railings even though they are a …