@Greenwich: Be an Apprentice to Sir Christopher Wren

Posted on: November 16th, 2022 by wrenEditor

Come and be an apprentice to Sir Christopher Wren! Every Wednesday in August 2023 the Royal Draughtsman himself will grace our lawns with his presence, and any budding young architect and their family can join the fun with building blocks and games. These free activities will run throughout the day on a drop-in basis.

Every Wednesday throughout August 2023.

Primary Schools Programme: KS2: Building London Roman, Wren and London Today

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

In development for Summer 2023, this free day of facilitated learning, hands-on activities and guided walks, will encourage pupils to discover the rich fabric of their city, comparing Roman times, with Wren’s rebuilding of London in the 17th century London, through to the modern city of today.

Children will take part in mapping workshops, explore historical concepts such as ‘continuity and change’, compare and contrast varied architectural styles, and develop new skills as they are inspired to get out and explore their city, and look up and learn.

In Participation with London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.

This project forms part of the Wren300 Square Mile Churches programme which is being undertaken by the London Diocesan Fund and partly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

Primary Schools’ Programme: KS1: Wren, Rebuilding and The Great Fire of London

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

Book your free day of facilitated learning, storytelling, hands-on activities, interactive workshops and guided walks with experts, encouraging pupils to discover the rich fabric of their city and Wren’s part in the story of 17th century London.

Children will learn to explore historical concepts such as ‘significance’ and ‘continuity and change’, to compare and contrast varied architectural styles and develop new skills as they are inspired to get out and explore their city, and look up and learn.

This project forms part of the Wren300 Square Mile Churches programme which is being undertaken by the London Diocesan Fund and partly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

 

Workshop for Young Digital Talents

Posted on: October 20th, 2022 by wrenEditor

The workshops will bring together 8-18 year olds to use their imagination, gaming and digital stills and dream up new ways to learn about the history of old churches and look after them. Can artificial intelligence come up with new ways to visualise how these churches were built hundreds of years ago and how the great fire and other events impacted on their condition?

The first workshop will bring together a range of weird and wonderful ideas.

The second will select a handful of these and explore ways to develop them in practice, with the help of conservation experts and researchers.

This project forms part of the Wren300 Square Mile Churches programme which is being undertaken by the London Diocesan Fund and partly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

Building a Dome in a Day

Posted on: October 5th, 2022 by wrenAdmin

The triple dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is one of Christopher Wren’s most complex and awe-inspiring designs. This workshop, for VI form pupils will be a practical hands-on exploration of the Dome’s construction. The participants will build a mini dome (3metres in diameter x 4.5 metres high), primarily using foam blocks and bamboo with lead coloured wrapping paper for the exterior. Some students will be involved in the construction while others will be responsible for the decoration of the interior, and finally, all will gather under the completed structure to celebrate their combined achievement.

The construction will take place in March 2023 as part of the Wren 300 festival in the church of St Sepulchre, Holborn, the largest Parish Church in inner London.

Participants will be from around 10 schools with a strong interest in Design and Technology. The project will be led by led by Chris Wise, Senior Director Expedition Engineering with Catherine Ramsden, Founding Director of the architectural practice Useful Studio and member of the Foster + Partners team who designed the Millennium Bridge.

The workshop is funded by an Ingenious Award 2022 from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

We will begin this daylong session with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral to experience the wonder of Wren’s Dome construction firsthand. The group will consist of 4 Senior engineers, 10 graduate engineers in the first year of professional employment with c. 80 VI formers from London Diocesan Schools.

Stars and Spires: Dreaming with Wren

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by wrenAdmin

Proud Places is running a series of events from February to September 2023 to introduce young people to Wren and his work. Through visits to key Wren sites and follow up creative workshops, children aged 11-18 will discover how to identity a Wren church, the impact of the Great Fire, and about the man himself – mathematician, anatomist and maker of ingenious devices. Priority groups will be young people from outer London boroughs. Events and all materials will be free.

Please contact info@heritageoflondon.org to find out how to book a visit for your group.

Raising the Roof – a cantata

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by wrenAdmin

Children from across the City of London family of schools will be visiting and encountering spaces designed and built by Wren. As part of their visit, they will create artwork for display and performance. Creative writing workshops, art history and architecture tours, drawing and paper cutting workshops and singing sessions will generate the material for a libretto to be set to music by Richard Quesnel for performance in the Guildhall. The children will learn about Wren’s work is a polymath, mathematician, astronomer and architect and will learn about how Wren’s genius is responsible for the beauty and majesty of buildings that are a major part of the skyline and fabric of the City of London.