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The Battle For Brick Lane Exhibition

May 26, 2021
by the gentle author

Dan Cruickshank shows his son the model of the Truman Brewery

The Battle For Brick Lane exhibition that I curated for the Spitalfields Trust – as part of their campaign to stop the proposed Truman Brewery shopping mall with corporate offices on top – reopens this Saturday and can be viewed for the next three weekends. If you have not seen Annetta Pedretti’s extraordinary house at 25 Princelet St this is also your opportunity to pay a visit.

Sebastian Harding’s model of the Truman Brewery forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, complemented with displays of documentary photography by Phil Maxwell and Saif Osmani, celebrating the culture of Brick Lane.

The Battle For Brick Lane exhibition is open at Annetta Pedretti’s House, 25 Princelet St, E1 6QH, from noon until 6pm every weekend

We need volunteer invigilators for the exhibition. If you can help please send an email to Heloise Palin at Spitalfields Trust


Louis Shultz, Seyi Adelekun & Fran Edgerley of Assemble Studio who manage Annetta’s House

Dan Cruickshank cuts the ribbon held by Seyi Adelekun and Gillian Tindall, opening the exhibition

Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie

You may also like to take a look at

Trouble at the Truman Brewery

At Annetta Pedretti’s House

4 Responses leave one →
  1. May 26, 2021

    This battle is actually to be called a good one for once, and thus to be supported!

    Love & Peace

  2. Denise permalink
    May 26, 2021

    I hope that this does not happen.

    My convict ancestors lived in Brick Lane. How sad to see history go down the gurgler.

  3. paul loften permalink
    May 26, 2021

    I have a distant memory of a chimney being demolished and the letters painted in white TRUMAN slowly disappear as it was demolished whilst on a visit to my grandma’s house. I wish the exhibition as many visitors as can get through the door of 25 Princelet st.

    Save Brick Lane . If only developers were real developers!

  4. Eve permalink
    May 26, 2021

    All power to this cause – would’ve loved to see some of the terrific street art featured in the campaign too & pretty sure the artists would have loved to contribute to it, so maximising the publicity & impact..

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