The Building Exploratory works in partnership to deliver a wide range of innovative education and creative engagement projects. Click on the pictures below to find out more about current and recent projects.

Panorama High Street 2012 Listed Haggerston The People's ArchivePlaces of Worship for Schools
Panorama High Street 2012 Lambeth Treasures The People's ArchiveMint Street
Arundel SquarePanorama Highstreet East Exploring AdventureThe People's Archive

Going for GreenArundel Square

Dalston Time CapsuleExploring Adventure


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panorama picture 3Listed Haggerston is part of the My Haggerston project run in partnership with Discover Hackney.

As part of My Haggerston project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Building Exploratory trained a number of volunteers to take photographs of all of the listed buildings in Haggerston, and carry out research into their significance and histories. We then created an interactive map showing all of the listed buildings in Haggerston and details such as date and panorama picture 3architectural features.

Please click here to go the Listed Haggerston Map

Or click here for associated learning resources



panorama picture 3In April we orgnaised and ran a day of visits for eight year eight classes from the Bridge Academy. All eight groups visited two local places of worship, where they were given guided tours of the buildings, learnt about the building traditions related to the religion and encouraged to ask questions and compare the buildings they visited. Over the course of the day the completed specially designed workbooks which they used to record their visits in order to inform a discussion back at school in the afternoon.

If you would be interested in a similar day of visit for your school or group, please call us on 0207 6080 775.



panorama picture 3MINT STREET 2013

The Building Exploratory was commissioned by London Borough of Southwark to work with the community that uses Mint Street Adventure Playground in the lead up to a planned upgrade of the building facilities.

Over 4 months we ran an engagement and consultation programme, which enabled us to panorama picture 3establish peoples views as to how Mint Street Adventure Play Building could be redeveloped and improved. Our programme took the form of one to one, group and public meetings,workshop sessions with children and young people, and building visits. A final celebration day on 11 May was also a great success with parkour workshops, creative activities, a heritage trail and lots of conversations.

We then produced a draft brief for an improved facility and identified members of a reference group to work with the Council during the design and construction phases of the project. We hope to be able to continue supporting this group as the project moves forward.

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Panorama picture 2LAMBETH TREASURES 2013

Lambeth treasures is an exhibition curated by the Building Exploratory for the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood.

The exhibition invited visitors to explore the Southbank Centre’s neighbourhood through a Panorama picture 2rangeof stories that revealed how Lambeth has been shaped by its location and key events. Italso celebrated the people who have made the borough the diverse, creative and thriving area itistoday. 

Through a combination of archive material, commissioned artworks, objects, films and installations, Lambeth Treasures was a multi-sensory exhibition that celebrated what it meanspanorama picture 3to live, work and love Lambeth. 


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Panorama picture 1PANORAMA HIGHSTREET EAST 2012

Click here to vote for the People's Favourite Building

Panorama High Street 2012 is an ambitious project to create a community heritage resource recording and documenting the six-kilometre stretch from Aldgate to Stratford in East London. Panorama picture 2The project will celebrate the High Street at an historic point in its development acting as arecord of the route from central London to the 2012 Olympic Park. The heritage resource will be created by a team of 30 local volunteers recruited from the diverse communities of TowerHamlets. Volunteers will take part in a development programme providing them with the skills to be fully involved across the project. Volunteers will begin by researching the 600 buildings along the High Street with the support of Tower Hamlet’s Borough Archivist and move on to supportthe delivery of three learning and engagement programmes for schools, older people and local adults. These programmes will engage local communities with the heritage of the High Streetand provide project volunteers with opportunities to develop their teaching, panorama picture 3lifelong learning and reminiscence skills. They will record the memories of programme participants in order to bring the buildings to life.

The resulting website will be a wonderful multi layeredresource featuring: a photographicpanorama of every building on the street, information on the history of the buildings, current and historical images, local people’s views and memories. It will celebrate a unique part of East London and which can be used as a basis for learning by Tower Hamlet’s 20,000 school children. A final exhibition will showcase the project’s rich visual material to 30,000 local people and thank the community for their involvement in this special project.


Panorma sample

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Peoples archive picture 1THE PEOPLES ARCHIVE 2012

Click here to vote for your favourite building on High Street 2012

The People’s Archive project aims to create a resource for the people who live, work and play around Bow Road. We are gathering the reminiscences, stories and opinions of local people inBow pin and strinfgorder to create an archive of this remarkable part of east London. Bow Road forms part of ‘High Street 2012’, the 6km route from the City of London to the Olympic Park.

The Peoples Archive is being created through a series of workshops with groups of young andolder people in Bow. As part of the young peoples programme, we have worked with Year 10 GCSE Art and Design students at Langdon Park Secondary School to explore and document experiences of Bow Road in creative ways. Students have had the opportunity to Peoples archive collage picturedevelopportraiture photography skills by working with Will Robson-Scott, a professional photographer, and have used these to take profile photos which provide a snapshot of the people who live near Bow Road. Students have also worked with professional designer Sam Baum of Studio Baum,to explore design features along Bow Road and create pieces of workthat celebrate this historic high street.

Our older peoples programme has worked with groups associated with the Bromley-by-Bow centre including ‘Young @ Art’ and the Bengali Grandparents Group, as well as Poplar Day Bow road workshopCentre. In a series of sessions we have explored Bow Road with these groups via virtual andnon-virtual walking tours, through using archive photographs and through creating collageresponses to experiences and memories of Bow Road.

The outcomes of this project will be included in a celebration event, scheduled to take place in Summer 2012.


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Explorinmg EXPLORING ADVENTURE 2009-2010
Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playground, Camden

To help realise the best possible design for Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playground in Camden, the Building Exploratory worked with erect architecture to devise an ambitious engagement and learning programme to involve the local community.

exploring adventure 2A wide range of participants explored the meaning of adventure, addressing the natural environment, structural principles and the constraints of the site. They responded by making models, signs, temporary structures, pinhole cameras, animations and a series of artworks that are embedded in the playground.

The engagement process culminated in a “Manifesto for Adventure”, presented in the playground and online, that prompts people to be adventurous. A toolkit outlining the creative exploring adventure 3activities is available here. We hope it will inspire you to invent your own ways of exploring place and play in your local area.

exploring adventure 4Exploring adventure playground picture
Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playground


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Arundel Square - WonderfulWHAT MAKES A SQUARE WONDERFUL 2008-2010
Arundel Square, Islington

The Building Exploratory is supporting Greenspace’s Engagement Strategy for the redevelopment of Arundel Square, a treasured public garden in Islington, in partnership with remapp landscape architects and plattformer.  We are delivering a programme of public engagement and learning for local Childern and giant red ballpeople, providing opportunities for them to explore, document and inform the process of improving Arundel Square.

Local residents and school students have created a temporary artwork from plaster casts of found objects to adorn hoardings on the site in advance of the construction phase. Students have produced models, panoramic photos, pinhole cameras and photograms. They will also design and make ceramic Arundel square childrenchess pieces and table tennis paddles, using materials salvaged from the site, to gift to local residents.

The engagement and learning methodologies used in the project will be collated in a community learning pack that will provide a toolkit for those wishing to explore this urban green space and others like it.clay imprintsclay imprintsphoto collage 1photo collage 2


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