Aug 2018

Conciliation Resources to open doors for Open House London

 
As part of London’s Open House weekend, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, Conciliation Resources, will be opening its doors to the public for the first time to allow access to its unique office space.

Hidden behind an unassuming facade in Tufnell Park, lies a former hackney cab depot, horse stable, and walnut pickling factory. Burghley Yard was built in 1889 as a hackney cab depot and has been home to Conciliation Resources since 2014. Converted by current owner and architect, Joanna van Heyningen, the airy open plan upper office space boasts a high vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling, with giant sails hung between the beams to dampen acoustics.

Burghley yard as Opie's Walnut Pickling Factory
 

The Open House initiative is designed to connect the public with interesting design and architecture. The weekend sees access granted to over 800 buildings across the capital, with around a quarter of a million people visiting. As well as inhabiting a special space, Conciliation Resources is an independent international organisation which has a special role in the world – to bring people together to help find creative and sustainable paths to peace.

Executive Director and local Tufnell Park resident, Jonathan Cohen, comments:

At Conciliation Resources we are fortunate to pursue our peacebuilding work in a stunning physical space. Open House gives us an opportunity to share the building with the public, and to talk to them about how we work with people impacted by conflicts in places like Nigeria, South Sudan, Colombia and the Philippines.

Conciliation Resources is inviting people to come along, view this impressive building and learn more about its work in global conflict regions. Joanna van Heyningen will be on hand on Saturday 22 August to show people around the building and talk about the conversion.

Colombian diaspora women, making peace butterflies at Burghley Yard. 

Throughout the course of the weekend we will have various displays and talks including a showreel of some of our latest short films, a photographic exhibition from the Truth Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombia women of the diaspora (TMRC), and an interactive session run by award-winning author and theatre director, Neil Bartlett

On the morning of Saturday 22 September, Neil will be talking to our visitors and inviting them to contribute to the early stages of a major new project he is working on, exploring the topic ‘What is peace?’. Neil’s recent work includes projects with the National Theatre, Tate Britain and the Wellcome Foundation.

Programme:

Saturday 22 September

10:00-12:00: Neil Bartlett explores ‘What is peace?’ with members of the public
12:00-12:30: Illustrated talk by architect Joanna van Heyningen. Joanna will be on hand following the talk to answer any questions.
15:00-15:30: ‘How do you address conflict?’, Conciliation Resources’ Executive Director, Jonathan Cohen
 
Conciliation Resources staff and members of the TMRC will be on hand throughout the day to talk about their work.

Sunday 23 September

11:00-11:30: ‘How do you address conflict?’, Conciliation Resources’ Executive Director, Jonathan Cohen
 
Conciliation Resources staff and members of the TMRC will be on hand throughout the day to talk about their work.
 

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