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Category : Restoration

05 Jun 2018

Can Anyone Smell Burning?

The programme of events for the Old Fire Station official opening is beginning to take shape. Taking place over the weekend of Saturday, 30 June & Sunday, 1 July events include tours, exhibitions, a book launch and a host of free talks and workshops. One of these free talks will be presented by Laura Miller entitled: Can Anyone Smell Burning? A History of London and Fire.   London is just one of those cities that is always burning down. This […]

01 Jun 2018

Foyer Gets New Artwork

The makeover of the Old Fire Station continues with new artwork going up in the Foyer on two walls. The first piece to go up last Monday, 24 May, was the 1:1 scale image of horses charging out of the Fire Station c.1900 pulling behind it the ‘fire escape’ used to rescue people from tall, burning buildings. The artwork sits on the wall opposite the entrance so visitors will get a real sense of what the building looked like as […]

03 Apr 2018

The Big Move, Pt II – The Return

Hello all you lovely people! Guess what? We’re moving back to West Norwood! Back to The Fire Station! OMG! etc, etc … However, this isn’t a small task… For those who were there for The Big Move Part I – Exodus, you remember that it was a full day of shifting and sorting. This needs to happen again. So, I call upon you, you brave volunteers, you crazy fools, you young love-birds and theatre officiandoes … Can you help once […]

31 Mar 2018

The Old Fire Station Needs You. Pt 2 – April 2018

Many of you will have attended our Youth Show, His Dark Materials, during March and will have had a preview of our wonderful new theatre space. Hurrah! You’ll also have seen that much of the building remains unfinished and although next time you visit it shouldn’t look quite so incomplete; nevertheless because of budget limitations, we need to continue fundraising and much of the outstanding work needs to be done by us. The shortfall in funding needed to complete the […]

09 Mar 2018

The Old Fire Station Needs You. Pt I

This week we posted an exciting video of our new theatre space and we can’t wait to get back into our familiar and much-loved building. However, because of budget limitations, some of it will be more familiar than we might have wished for, but we are nothing but resourceful and the fundraising continues. The shortfall in funding needed to complete the project means that our first and second floors have had minimal work done to them. They are particularly important as […]

06 Mar 2018

Sneak Peek Inside The New Theatre Space

 Want to see our new theatre? In a couple of weeks we will present our first show at our renovated Old Fire Station in West Norwood. Over the weekend, volunteers from the theatre membership braced the icy temperatures to paint the new theatre space black. Here’s a sneak peek at the space and our preparations to get it ready for the coming performances which we hope to see you at soon! Many thanks to all the volunteers; painters, first-aiders […]

27 Feb 2018

Introducing Our New Building Manager

We’re delighted to announce the second staff member to join the team at the Old Fire Station. Bex Law, last seen treading the boards in Constellations in early February, will be starting in the post as our building manager in March, ready for the big move back to the Old Fire Station. Bex’s role is about increasing use of the building in the day and developing opportunities for other groups to access the spaces, as well as helping manage the community programme and exhibition access.  […]

30 Jan 2018

Job Vacancy: Building Manager

The SLT Building Preservation Trust Ltd and the South London Theatre Centre Ltd are currently refurbishing the Grade 2 listed Old Fire Station in West Norwood. The project is mainly Heritage Lottery funded, aimed at restoring the original architectural features and increasing community access to this wonderful building. The building works are due to be completed in March. We are seeking a Building Manager with an interest in heritage. The role will involve some marketing of the building facilities, as […]

25 Jan 2018

Old Fire Station Book Coming Soon

As a part of our commitment to the heritage of our Old Fire Station Building we have been researching and designing a book all about the history of our beloved Victorian fire station commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund. During our research for the book which has been a three year long project, we have discovered many great stories and interesting facts about the building and the local area. The book will be available to buy from the theatre when […]

01 Dec 2017

Restoration Update – November 2017

Welcome to November’s virtual hard hat tour. A lot has happened inside the Old Fire Station since we last visited it. Interior walls have gone up, the lift is in place, the new stairwell has its polycarbonate skin. There will be actual hard hat tours taking place in December. Numbers are extremely limited so keep an eye out on our website for updates and notices.an eye out on our website for updates and notices. We have been plagued with difficulties […]