Discover fascinating stories from Highgate's past, learn about North London heritage and hear about other local curiosities such as the Roman Kilns at Highgate Woods. Come and chat to the people who are interested in and knowledgeable about the history of our local area, including representatives from local museums, historic houses, local history societies and even the newly launched charity championing the work of local poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge at this FREE fair!
Confirmed attendees for this year's Heritage fair include:
Come and check out the Victorian bottle we found during the renovations harking back to our time as a convalescence home to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and collection of 1950’s milk bottles discovered in the courtyard excavations.
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Waterlow Park: A Garden for the Gardenless
Come and meet garden historian Pam Cooper, the author of the definitive history on Waterlow Park. You can even buy the book!
Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute Archives
The HLSI houses a wealth of documents and pictures of all kinds relating to Highgate, its environs and its residents since the early seventeenth century.
The Friends of Hornsey Church Tower
Since 1989 the Friends have worked tirelessly to resurrect and transform this then derelict Grade II* listed building – ‘the oldest building in Hornsey’.
Highgate School Museum and Archives
The Highgate School Archive collects and preserves records relating to the School’s history, making them available for research. The collection contains material dating from the foundation of the School in 1565 to present day.
The Friends of the Highgate Roman Kiln (FOHRK)
Led by Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West, FOHRK are working with the Museum of London, Bruce Castle Museum and the City of London Corporation to return a well-preserved Roman kiln, currently unseen in store rooms, for exhibition in Highgate Wood where it was discovered over 50 years ago.
The Coleridge Trust
The Trust aims to raise funds to refurbish the poet’s, and his family’s tomb in St Michael’s’ Church Highgate, to give them a memorial worthy of his greatness.
Friends of Kenwood
The Friends promote and preserve the special qualities of Kenwood House, its estate and its world class collection of paintings.
Highgate Cemetery Exhibition
Discover the story of one of London's most famous cemeteries in an exhibition in the internal Courtyard and Conservatory.
Friends of Highgate Library, Shepherds Hill
Highgate Library (1902) is a pretty building in the style familiar from so much of Muswell Hill and Crouch End. The airy interior retains original period features, and an impressive double-height space with exposed timbers in the adult library. Today it’s a community hub serving users from Haringey and neighbouring boroughs. Friends of Highgate Library Shepherds Hill are keen to see the Library thrive in its original building.
Channing School was founded in 1885 by the Reverend Robert Spears and two sisters, Miss Emily and Miss Matilda Sharpe, for the daughters of Unitarian Ministers and others. The Channing archives offer a window into the lives of girls, young women and the Highgate community from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Find out more about the rest of the Heritage Weekend here.