"High Class Entertainment"

Explore original posters from our Grand Hall’s past and find out more in an online exhibition.

From the original programme of Inauguration of Battersea Municipal Buildings and Town Hall from 1893, the Vestry of St Mary’s Parish, Battersea (who began and oversaw the building project), stated their intention, that, in addition to local elections and ratepayers meetings,

‘The Halls will also be let in similar manner to Halls in other parts of the Metropolis, for Concerts, Bazaars, Debating Societies, University Extension Lectures and Recreative entertainments of a high class for the people, all such uses being conducive to the well-being of the Inhabitants.’

The Grand Hall was the largest space designed for public events when our building opened in 1893, and we can now celebrate its re-opening, following the devastating fire in 2015.

We hope that by looking back to cherish the past events that have taken place here, the breadth and richness, we can inspire creative risk taking in how we can use it and share it in the future, for creativity and for the well-being of all of our communities, near and far.

The project is co-curated by Collections Access Manager, Lucy Parker and BAC archive volunteers: Rebekah Field and Sofia Akram.

Research conducted by Derek B Scott and Lucy Parker.

With thanks to Thea Jones, Saul Williams, Amy Sutters, Ania Straczynska.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Battersea Arts Centre.

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Educating and Uplifting

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Fundraising, singing and non-stop dancing

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Looking back and looking forward

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Challenging, provoking, fighting back

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Changing the conversation

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Opening up the building