A poem for Buildings in Need
There is Poetry in the Walls
Never stop listening to the tales, that are recorded in the walls.
Stories trapped in brick, that ache to be told.
Slithers of epics that breathe from out of gates and guildhalls.
All past kisses and their hopes gathered in.
Conserve every detail, as though sweeping off dust from a jewel.
Buildings can be demolished like love pacts.
Scrubbed away, one day strong like the ground beneath, then-
scratched from the view, without a slab to see.
Look up at edifices till the sky bleeds into every aspect, bring to light-
the possibilities that beat from within.
Understand that even hollow spaces are not empty, just uncharted prospects.
Look down and you will not see the same old street,
instead a platform where markets bustled and brimmed with traders and town subjects.
Look closer and there are masterclasses,
Where lions fight unicorns and kings from centuries sit above, watching.
Treat the heart of the city as though it was indeed your own,crystallised
Appreciate its jagged curves and doors.
Delight in its finery, the nuts and bolts which make it peculiar and prized.
There is poetry in the walls and you must listen harder to hear it,
stare closer to see it, become aware that-
The buildings that surround you need a champion to stop and recgonise.
By Keely Mills
June 19th 2012
Buildings in Need Upcoming Masterclasses this Summer!
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
19th May 2-4pm: Peterborough Local Studies Archives Masterclass, FREE
Find out how to use the archives for research into your family history, house history or history of an area. Booking is essential, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintaining Historic Buildings: Rot, Re-Use and Calling in the Professionals! Wednesday 23rd May 2012, Peterborough. FREE
Shape East is delighted to announce this free afternoon Masterclass, taking place as part of Peterborough’s HLF funded Buildings in Need programme: http://peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com/events/
This afternoon Masterclass will provide professional expertise on the maintenance of historic buildings, allowing attendees to better understand how to protect their pre-1918 properties through maintenance, as well as possible adaptation and re-use. The session will offer legal, monetary and practical advice on maintaining your historic building, using both successful and unsuccessful examples to excite, engage and caution participants! Booking is essential, please contact email@example.com
24th May 7pm: Bats and Historic Buildings Masterclass, FREE
With Anthony Mould, Cambridge Bat Group and James Fisher, Wildlife Officer, Peterborough City Council. Over 90% of historic churches contain bats, and St Pega’s in Peakirk is no exception. The evening will begin with a talk from Antony on bats, then in the workshop you will find out what signs of bats to look out for and you can take part in a bat walk around the area with a bat detector. Whether you are interested in wildlife or have bats living in your house or neighbourhood this talk will be an entertaining and engaging look at the only flying mammals in Britain. It will also be of interest to Church wardens. The talk is at 7pm – 8.30pm and the bat walk ends at 10pm at latest. You can come to both or just the talk. This event is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Peterborough Buildings in Need project.
Booking is essential, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Building Maintenance Training June 9, 10.00 –13.30 Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre
Join us at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre for a fun half day course on Building Maintenance in association with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Topics covered by architect Sara Crofts will include:
To book a place contact Alice Kershaw on: email@example.com or phone (01733 317480)
Thursday June 28 Buildings in Need Celebration Event, FREE 6-8pm
St Johns Church Peterborough City Centre
A free event open to all, come along and find out about the Heritage Lottery Funded Buildings in Need Project, which has been running in Peterborough since October 2011. See the results of the surveys and learn about what makes Peterborough’s historic core great. Stalls, talks and events on the night, light refreshments available. More information on http://www.peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com or through firstname.lastname@example.org. Booking essential.
Check out the project website (www.peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com) for the full list of events, further details, and resources from previous events and workshops.