This weekend marks the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year celebration in the Jewish calendar, and the start of a holy period leading up to Yom Kippur.
The Jewish community has long had, and continues to have, a significant presence in the Borough, and they have made many contributions to London. Although activities have been disrupted by COVID, in Camden there are:
Instead of being just one weekend, the festival will go from 19 September to 27 September. There will be events, online events, booked tours, self-guided walks, and many more. The main Open House weekend will be 19 & 20 September.
Events in Camden include:
Self-guided tours around Camden (both walking & cycling)
Guided tour of Somers Town
Edwardian Art & Architecture tour in Bloomsbury
St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way
Shaftesbury Theatre , Shaftesbury Avenue
St Pancras Chambers & Clock Tower, St Pancras Station, Euston Road
Hampstead Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street
Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road
Fitzroy Park Allotments
Warehouse refurbishment, 9 Jeffrey’s Place
Photographic exhibition at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square
Bloomscape online event run by John Birkbeck School of Arts
Those with a bit of spare time on their hands might be interested in this documentary covering the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960.
A new council elected in 1959 for the borough of St Pancras (Camden Council didn’t exist yet) planned to drastically increase council tenant rents. Naturally, many council tenants objected. They formed tenants associations, and started withholding rent when the rent increases came into effect.
The dispute went on for most of 1960. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rent strike did lead to the formation of many tenants associations, and arguably laid the groundwork for the system of tenant participation that we have today.
The funding has come from the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF), part of a combined total of £40 million in funding available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands. This is the largest award that has been made from the Funds to date and the project will join the other 113 projects between London and the West Midlands that have also benefited.
According to this article in the Camden New Journal, 500 healthy staff at UCLH will take part in a trial of a Covid-19 vaccine. It will try to see whether healthy people can be protected from coronavirus by the vaccine.
Test samples will be analysed at the Francis Crick Institute in Somers Town.