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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – A Controversial Tragedy

Recounts the controversy around the death of Fireman Joseph Ford who died in 1871 while helping to rescue people from a burning house on the Grays Inn Road.

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park, ‘Our Alice’

Recounts the story of Alice Ayres who, in 1885, perished in a fire in Southwark while attempting to rescue three children.

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – A Courageous Constable

Recounts the story of Constable George Funnell who died in 1899 while attempting to rescue people from a fire at a Hackney pub.

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The Barbican and the Making of the Modern Office Building – Pt. 1

The Barbican Redevelopment Scheme, comprising the Barbican Estate, Barbican Arts Centre and the office buildings around London Wall and Moorgate, is well known to people with an affection for twentieth-century architecture, and has become major cultural centre in its own right. Nevertheless, very few people are aware of how a type of plastic manufactured in rural Kent quietly revolutionised the design and construction of modern office building, in particular the curtain-walling systems that enabled open-plan offices. In the first of two viewpoints on the New Barbican, Alexander Davidson tells a story encompassing two office buildings built as part of the Barbican Redevelopment Scheme – Lee House and St Alphage House – and how the plastic Holoplast was manufactured, used in construction, and eventually came to be demonised by the City of London Corporation.