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Toynbee Hall takes part in Open House London

Published: 28 Sep 2015


On Saturday (19 September), Toynbee Hall welcomed over 150 visitors to our historic halls as part of the capitals largest architecture and design festival.

Now in its 23rd year, Open House London gives people access to buildings, including historic places of worship, green spaces and private residences, which are normally closed to the public.

We opened our Grade 2 listed halls, which date back to 1884, in order to share our history and heritage. We had visitors from our local community, across the country and from as far afield as Washington DC.

Over the course of the day we held a number of tours and shared our history through film screenings, talks and discussing artefacts from our archive.

This was our last public event before we move off site, which gave us the chance to talk to visitors about our plans for our future. Over the next two years Toynbee Hall will be undertaking a significant regeneration of our estate. We have been here since we were founded 131 years ago by Samuel and Henrietta Barnet. While much has changed in that time our buildings and sense of place have continued to be a valuable resource for us and for the community.

We are redeveloping to ensure we can continue to support the growing needs of our local community, create the right physical setting to allow us to deliver enhanced services and share our heritage with the public to inspire the next generation of social reformers.  

Find out more about our history and our redevelopment.