Sunday, 19 July 2009

Links to Crystal Palace Park

Friends of mine (usually when I'm going on about the park) often ask why Crystal Palace is so special. I think its the fact that for such a small area of London, it has links all over the world. I discovered another one yesterday that I thought I'd share with you.

I'm a bit of an World War II aviation enthusiast. As aircraft designers, RJ Mitchell (Spitfire) and Sydney Camm (Hurricane) tend to get a lot of mentions, but for me, Geoffrey de Havilland, the designer of the wonderful Mosquito, has always been at the top of the list. So it was a pleasant surprise to be wandering round the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre up in St Albans, and discover that he studied engineering at the Crystal Palace School of Engineering. Its one of the few buildings from that era still standing in the park, and its better known now as the Museum.

Anyone else have any links to Crystal Palace that they would like to share? Email me and we'll post them here!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Kingswood House Festival

Just in case you haven't come across it, The Friends of Kingswood House are having their summer festival this year on the 19th July.

It promised to be very much a family affair with a good community feel to it, drawing on residents in near-by SE 19 and in SE21; the afternoon will include performances and attractions such as Acrobat circus skills, Kids entertainer, Karaoke, Steel band, African Drummers, Limousine tour, Bouncy castles, Face painting, Hoopla, Donkey rides, Stalls (including Crystal Palace Foundation & Norwood Society) and many, many more.

It kicks off on Sunday 19 July, starting with a procession at 12noon.

Seeley drive, Kingswood estate, West Dulwich SE21 8QR

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Another Inquiry...

In honour of another Inquiry - here's a transcription of an Ali G sketch when he visited the eco-warriors the last time the park was in danger...

Transcription and layout by Mike Ricketts

Monday, 11 May 2009

Crystal Palace Festival - dates!

Palace Dreams
Originally uploaded by Craig Richardson

Its been announced that the Crystal Palace Festival 2009 will take place from Saturday June 6th to Friday June 12th.

It will celebrate the Crystal Palace’s famous past and vibrant present.

Events include: a Victorian Afternoon which gives people the chance to bring along their own Victorian Picnic on the site of South London’s Crystal Palace.

And budding Brad Pitts and Keira Knightleys will get the chance to show off their acting talents as part of an audience participation production of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Crystal Palace.’

More details when we get them! If you're interested in being involved, contact: John Greatrex 020 8778 1865 or 07910 336548

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Mr Darwin And His Local Friends

Park in the rain
Originally uploaded by Craig Richardson
Why not join the Joseph Paxton Society and the Friends for a brief introduction to the links between Charles Darwin and Crystal Palace Park, starting at the Dinosaur Mural outside Crystal Palace Station, moving on to the dinosaurs (including Darwin’s Megatherium) and the coal measures, and ending up at the Ranger’s Dinosaur Exhibit at the Park Information Centre.

When: Sunday, 11th January 2009
Starting Time: 1 pm
Duration: About 2 hours
Meeting Point: By Dinosaur Mural outside Crystal Palace Station

There is no charge for this walkabout