We are sorry to have to announce that this event, originally scheduled for 3 November 2021, has been postponed until a later date.
Further information to follow.

Dare to care! Meet Save Britain’s Heritage

POSTPONED! New date to be announced

Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA

Established in 1975, Save Britain’s Heritage has been fighting to protect Britain’s historic buildings, listed or unlisted, against the threat of demolition and neglect for almost 50 years, often through finding new uses for them and taking legal action to prevent needless losses.  

Their conservation officer Ben Oakley will be offering a snapshot of the organisation’s campaign work and what action can be taken when fighting planning battles to protect our historic buildings and places. From Lady Gaga themed marches to imaginative reuse schemes, Ben will be discussing some of strategies which have helped their campaigns succeed in recent years.

He will be in conversation with interior designer and heritage campaigner Guy Oliver, no stranger to local planners. A veteran of campaigns to save historic buildings, he was strongly involved in saving of the great Smithfield General Market. He is going to add his bit about the current state of our planning systems, and the involvement or not of local residents in the pre-application stage of the planning process.

Come and hear what they have to say at Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA, a building with its own story to tell.

Designed originally in 1820 by William Blake as two semi-detached villas, and remodelled in 1885 to provide a grand entrance, Dora House has been home to a court photographer, architects and sculptors. Today it is home to the Royal Society of Sculptors, which is currently launching a major fund-raising effort to rescue and restore this unique building.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and we will have a drink afterwards.

Members £15.00, non-members £20.00

Not a member? It’s only £15 for a whole year – and you can become a member immediately by registering and paying here.

Online booking

Please make your booking online. You do not need a PayPal account to do so.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a glitch in our payment system, when you reach the page for payment options (after having entered the names and email addresses of those attending on the previous page),  you MUST press the PayPal button under “Method of Payment”, although PayPal is the only available option, BEFORE you press the “Proceed to Finalize Registration” button. If you don’t, you’ll get an error message. However, if that happens you should be able to proceed anyway by closing the error message (just click on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the message window) and then selecting the PayPal button before you once again press the “Proceed to Finalize Registration” button.


We are sorry to have to announce that this event has been postponed until 2022.
Further information to follow.

Guyzance Mill, a late Georgian grade II listed corn mill in Northumberland, built in 1830 and closed in 1939, is Save Britain’s Heritage’s building of the month for October – an example of the more than 1,300 buildings found in the organisation’s register. Picture courtesy of Oliver Dixon (CC-BY-SA2.0)

Ben Oakley (left) is Save Britain’s Heritage’s conservation officer and Guy Oliver (right) is a well-known Kensingtonian interior designer and heritage campaigner,

The event will take place in the magnificent Dora House at 108 Old Brompton Road, where we held a Kensington Society event in Oktober 2019. Image © Google Street View.

Page originally posted 18/10/2021, updated 23/10/2021