Open Weekends for 2013
We hold “Open Weekends” at HCM several times a year where we invite everyone to come and say hello, and see the boats close-up. Do join us for tea, coffee and cake!
Open Weekend 11am – 4pm, 23th and 24th June
Please join us on Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th June, between 11am and 4pm for our Open Weekend. There will be tea, coffee… and cake!
Jubilee Pageant – Key times
11:30 Vessels muster between Hammersmith and Battersea bridges
14:10 Queen arrives at Chelsea Pier
14:30 Queen boards Royal Barge. Steam train, Princess Elizabeth, whistles a salute from Chelsea Bridge
14:40 Jubilee Bells mark official start of Pageant
14:45 First vessel passes under Albert Bridge
15:00 Royal Barge joins flotilla, church bells ring out
16:15 HMS President: Queen disembarks at Royal Naval Reserve Unit to watch flotilla pass by
17:30 The last vessel, Symphony, passes Tower Bridge. Pageant ends and boats disperse
Pageant performance at HCM
At 1pm and 7pm on Sunday 3rd June, there will be a performance in the rigging of one of the historic vessels at Hermitage.
A fine-art and circus collaboration, produced by the Cultureship and supported by Hermitage River projects, the performance will be visble from the banks of Wapping at Hermitage Gardens and is free to view by the public. Artists Richard Wilson, Hew Locke, Doug Fishbone, Matt Stokes and Zatorski + Zatorski are amongst those taking part with renowned circus and aerial directors Mitch Mitchelson and Catrin Osborne.
HCM vessel to attend Diamond Jubilee Pageant
We’re looking forward to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3rd. It will feature 1,000 boats and be watched by over a million spectators, as it travels down the river between Putney and Tower Bridge.
Taking about 90 minutes to pass any given point, the flotilla will be over seven miles long and – including mustering, dispersal and the avenue of sail – will include some 25 miles of Thames river bank and pass under 14 bridges.
Handmade at Hermitage
We are running a Cafe and Christmas Market on the moorings from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th December. We will be open from 10am-4pm and late night on Wednesday until 7pm. (we wont be open on Friday 9th).
NB: cash only
(photos: Gavin Starks)
Oral history and Open House at HCM
The Oral History Cafe (coffee, cream teas and home-made cake!) at HCM is open from 10th to 18th September, every day from 11am to 4pm, in the beautiful surroundings of Hermitage’s floating Pier House on the Thames.
While you enjoy a cuppa and a cake, you can listen to tales and memories from A Sense of Place, the oral history project about life on the Thames at Wapping, and add your own memories to our Memory Map.
There are also several special events over the week:
Friday 9th September
7pm: Poetry night at Hermitage. Come and hear poets perform work about history, memory, and rivers; or even read some work yourself! Booking recommended.
Saturday 10th September
11am onwards – drop-in bunting-making workshop for adults and kids. Make a bunting flag that shows what the river means to you!
2pm Local history walk with Ray Newton. Meet at Hermitage, and join us on a ramble around Wapping’s hidden history.
Sunday 11th September.
1pm: Local history bike ride with Alan Ball. Leaving from Hermitage. Own bike needed, and booking required.
Tuesday 13th September
2pm: Local history walk with Ray Newton. Meet at Hermitage.
7pm: Madge Darby talks about her latest book, “Piety and Piracy”, a history of Wapping.
Friday 16th September
10am: Mudlarking event on the foreshore. Meet at Hermitage – wear wellies! Booking recommended.
7pm: Music evening with Nigel of Bermondsey singing new ballads about Wapping, followed by an open session and sing-around. Bring your voice, your instruments, and join in. Booking recommended.
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
London Open House weekend comes to Hermitage again. Come and see the historic boats, explore the A Sense of Place exhibition, and watch video art created by the project. No booking needed to visit the moorings; but check on the door for film screening times.
Wapping Summer Shindig and HCM Open Day
The Summer Shindig will be on Saturday 9th July on The Green, Wapping Lane, and will coincide with the HCM Open Weekend (9th and 10th, 11am-4pm).
Events include Wapping Olympics, riverboat cruises, history walks, live music, homemade food and clothes stalls. The Children’s Parade will be crowned by Shaun Austin, the Pearly King of Wapping who has now been found.
Open Weekend 11am – 4pm, 26th and 27th March
Please join us on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, between 11am and 4pm for our Open Weekend.
Open House London 18 & 19 September
HCM is featured again this year in Open House London Weekend – the capital’s greatest architectural showcase.
- Neighbourhood walks looking at the spaces in-between buildings, suburban transformation and pockets of housing in our local communities
- Architects’ homes and groundbreaking housing developments
- Eco and zero carbon buildings, sometimes with Energy Saving Trust advisors on site
- The future city – tours of the Olympic Park, Barking Riverside, Tate Modern Extension and other major regeneration projects
- Planners, architects and engineers talks on how they create successful cities
- Public art and space, including the first opportunity to hear from the Olympic Delivery Authority about integrated art for the Olympic Park
- An app for iphone – ‘Flook’ will tell visitors which Open House building is nearby to visit next
- Competition for a tour by iconic Routemaster with Arriva London Heritage Fleet, starting at BT Tower
- Competition to win an overnight stay at 5* Grosvenor House Hotel
- Photography competition ‘Design that makes a difference’, supported by Architect’s Journal
- Science and Sustainability panel discussion at the Royal Society on Monday 13 September
- Opportunity to see Open House architecture by night and raise money for Maggies Centres on the
- London Night Hike on Friday 17 September
Victoria Thornton, Director of Open House comments “Experiencing architecture in the flesh helps everyone become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgments on the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we all live, work and play. 73% of our visitors say Open House made them feel differently about London’s architecture.”