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The Unveiling of the Spitalfields Dioramas

June 21, 2012
by the gentle author

It is my great pleasure to invite you to a party to celebrate the unveiling of the restored Dioramas of Spitalfields at the Bishopsgate Library next week on Friday 29th June from 7pm. You may recall that back in March, Glyn Roberts, landlord of The Bell in Petticoat Lane, wrote to say he had discovered some neglected old models of Spitalfields in the cellar. Once upon a time, these beautiful dioramas by Howard Karslake enjoyed pride of place in the barroom, but when Glyn bought the pub three years ago they were dusty and damaged, and had been consigned to oblivion.

At that time, Glyn was looking for a new home for the dioramas and, thanks to my article, the Bishopsgate Institute agreed to take them. Now they have been lovingly repaired by Jenny Kallin and permanently installed in the library, and we hope you can be there at the grand unveiling by Mavis Bullwinkle followed by a knees-up with drinks and live music.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening to celebrate Spitalfields past and present. Be sure to email to put your name on the list.

At the Truman Brewery Brick Lane, looking north.

The barroom of The Bell.

The cellar of The Bell.

Click this picture to enlarge the diorama of Petticoat Lane

The celebrated Mavis Bullwinkle who will be unveiling the dioramas.

Invitation designed by James Brown

You may like to read my original story

The Dioramas of Spitalfields

4 Responses leave one →
  1. June 21, 2012

    Have a great evening. Wish I could be there.

  2. Gail Green permalink
    June 21, 2012

    These dioramas are incredibly wonderful. I am so glad to know their history and to know they live again. I am a 69 year old who loves miniatures and I belong to a miniature club of more old ladies. This diorama renovation is literally thrilling. Thank you for all you have done, and for sharing. Wish I could see them in person! However, Connecticut is way far from where they are. The pictures are fantastic, though, and I am so glad to see them.

  3. Rob Dickers permalink
    June 21, 2012

    Exellent restoration work by Jenny Kallin.
    They look realy great in the library.
    Well done all!

  4. June 22, 2012

    beautiful work – so glad they have been restored

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