I’ve had quite a day!
This week I started at the wonderful arts charity Create that uses the creative arts to help transform the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. They run some amazing projects and today I was able to go along to a dance workshop for primary school children and adults with learning difficulties. It was brilliant to see how well the groups integrated and to watch them coming up with collaborative dance routines inspired by their favourite London landmarks.
After an exhausting but brilliant day’s work, I dashed off to the opening reception of the River and Cloth exhibition at Merton Abbey Mills. River and Cloth is another charity project which was set up to celebrate the textile heritage of the River Wandle. With names like William Morris and Liberty, it’s rather an interesting story! The exhibition is a great display of what was achieved during the school and community workshops. I got to meet some lovely people too!
One of the people I met was local archaeologist and author, David Saxby. He gave me a beautiful book he’d written about William Morris but what really blew me away was visiting his (almost) secret museum! It was like the Bat Cave! It’s called the Chapter House and is only open a few days per year. It’s hidden under an underpass to Sainsbury’s by an electricity pylon. You’d never guess it was there! He opened the door, turned on the light and infront of me, a huge cavern of ancient abbey wall excavations, stone pillars and coffins was illuminated! Extraordinary! It’s open this weekend as part of Open House London.