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London In Sites

Retirement of Richard Dennis and launch of Ramble London

London In Sites

On Friday 26 September a Symposium was held in UCL Geography, primarily to mark the retirement of Professor Richard Dennis after 40 years in the department, but also to introduce the website Ramble London.

Ramble London will consist of a series of walks based on the work on specific places in London carried out by Richard and other members of the Department over the years. The site, to be launched in late October, will include many images, and sound files of Richard describing particular places. Other walks and resources will be made available, drawing on the wealth of material produced in UCL Geography.

The Symposium allowed Richard and nine other speakers to touch on specific London sites in ways that speak to the wider history and geography of the city:

  • Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography): From the Spanish City to Ealing Christian Centre: the story of a suburban cinema
  • Peter Guillery (UCL Bartlett School): Myddelton Passage - police graffiti
  • Alastair Owens (QMUL Geography): All aboard? Making imperial citizens on the platform at Euston station
  • Sam Merrill (UCL Geography): The Bethnal Green Stairway to Heaven Memorial
  • Michael Hebbert (UCL Bartlett School): The 1894 Richmond Half-Tide Lock and Weir
  • David Green (KCL Geography): Spa Green Socialism: landscapes of the welfare state
  • Peter Hounsell (Author; London's Rubbish: Two Centuries of Dirt, Dust and Disease in the Metropolis): Stinking Paddington: the canal basin and the city’s wastes
  • Matthew Ingleby (UCL Centre for Languages and International Education): Cartwright Gardens/Burton Crescent: Unstable Toponymy and Local Knowledge
  • Ruth Mason (UCL Geography): Drinking - and not drinking - in the Old Mahogany Bar, Graces Alley
  • Richard Dennis (UCL Geography): The (w)hole of London

Richard’s paper moved one station along the Circle Line from Euston Square, the subject of his 2013 UCL Lunch Hour Lecture to mark the 150th Anniversary of London Underground (see below), and related an equally intriguing story of the origins and subsequent development of Great Portland Street Station.

The Symposium was followed by a Drinks Reception in honour of Richard’s service to UCL and the Department.



Richard Dennis giving his UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

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