PREVIEW: Points of View, National Trust, Horniman Museum and Gardens

To mark eighty years since the first protected views were proposed, the National Trust, the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Bompas & Parr will collaborate on a new installation, ‘The Imminent Diorama’, which will sit atop one of London’s finest unprotected views of the city at the Horniman.

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(c) Bompas & Parr. 

This interactive new installation will allow the public to take in the view as it is now as well as how it could appear in 80 years time. The installation will highlight the importance of views to Londoners.

An open call invitation for architects, artists, graphic designers and illustrators to contribute their vision has been launched by Bompas & Parr and closes on Tuesday 31st October.

While a total of twenty-seven London views hold some form of designation, only thirteen hold Protected Vista status. Nine of those are from north of the river, with just four from south of the river, at Richmond, Greenwich, Blackheath, and City Hall.

Talking about the importance of the project  Joe Watson, Creative Director of National Trust London said: “Breath-taking views of our city are life affirming. While they may not cost anything, they are of value to everyone, so we’re asking Londoners to tell us which views are most important to them for us to celebrate and, in the future, perhaps protect.”

The project will also be accompanied by a number of short films by south London actors, authors and activists sparking debate about the value of views and the impact they have had on the city.

‘The Imminent Diorama’ will be at the Horniman Museum and Gardens from Monday 13th to Sunday 26th November and is free to visit. The installation is suitable for adults and children alike. For more information about the project visit:


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