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Senior BEEs (Senior Building Exploratory Explorers)

The Senior BEEs are a group for older people in Hackney. They meet every other Friday morning to gain a whole new perspective on the built environment through illustrated talks, visits to fascinating buildings, lively guided tours and debates.

The Senior BEEs have become a widely recognised group, who actively participate in shaping their built environment. They have contributed to intergenerational projects with young people, taken part in consultation on development plans for the local authority and talked about this work at conferences and seminars.

To find out more about the Senior BEEs programme please contact us.

The latest programme is available here.


Islington Eyes

Building on the success of the Senior BEEs, The Building Exploratory established a new group for older people in Islington, which meets every other Wednesday morning to explore the history and architecture of Islington. Activities include building visits, walking tours, virtual walking tours and talks by architects and planners.

For information on how to join the group please contact us.

The latest programme is available here.


Our Place Too

We have been awarded funding from the People's Health Trust (using money raised from Health Promote through the Health Lottery) to work with older people living in two neighbourhoods either side of City Road. Through Our Place Too we will recruit older people living in these areas into our existing older people's groups with the aim of increasing health and wellbeing and facilitating discussion about the enormous changes taking place on their doorstep.

As part of the project, we are programming a series of building visits, walking tours and meetings with local architects, planners and developers in and around the City Road/Old Street area.

We have also set up a walking group called the Silver Steppers who will set out for walks in EC1 and N1. Dates and meeting points are available here.

If you would like to take part and/or find out more about this project, then please contact us.

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Winning Places

Winning Places is a film about the Senior BEEs journey and exploration of London's 2012 Olympics and the city's rich sporting architecture. It is available in six parts on our YouTube channel: