Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum - BHAF

Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum - BHAF BHAF is formed of a number of Heritage and Arts Groups and Organisations from the London Borough of Bromley. The Forum was formally constituted in April 2013 by the London Borough of Bromley Renewal and Recreation Department.

The Forum meets quarterly at the Bromley Museum (at the Priory Orpington). The Forums primary objectives are:

To communicate and share information on upcoming events, projects and funding opportunities. To promote a unified arts and heritage offer to residents and visitors of the London Borough of Bromley. To identify opportunities for partnership work both within the Forum, and with external org

The Forum meets quarterly at the Bromley Museum (at the Priory Orpington). The Forums primary objectives are:

To communicate and share information on upcoming events, projects and funding opportunities. To promote a unified arts and heritage offer to residents and visitors of the London Borough of Bromley. To identify opportunities for partnership work both within the Forum, and with external org

The Orpington History Organisation.
15/08/2019

The Orpington History Organisation.

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new book ‘Lost Orpington and Around’. The book focuses on lost places and ways of life’ from all over our district. 96 pages with 160 images.

The book is available from a number of online shops and will be stocked by local shops: Tesco and WHSmith in Orpington and Waterstones at the Nugent St Mary Cray by the weekend (we are told by the publisher)!

We are also selling it, with our other two books, at a 10% reduction sale price!! This is the same as the publisher Amberley Books .

We don't mind where you buy the book but if you buy it directly from us 100% of the proceeds will be received by us to put back into funding the OHO.

https://www.amberley-books.com/lost-orpington-around.html

or

http://orpington-history.org/books/buy.htm

We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it!

More from tonight.
08/11/2016

More from tonight.

The Bromley Historic Collections (BHC) were officially opened this evening by Lord Avebury and the Mayor of Bromley (Ian Payne). Here are a few photographs from the evening including some of the exhibits. A short video of Lord Avebury cutting the ribbon (will be posted separately). The BHC are located in the Central Library, Bromley and are well worth a visit.

Good news for Heritage and Arts in Orpington!
26/02/2016

Good news for Heritage and Arts in Orpington!

An historic evening in Orpington when the new cinema opened with a special screening of the film Star Wars. Following a welcoming reception the Mayor of Bromley officially opened the cinema. The cinema boasts 7 screens and Star Wars was shown in the one that has iSense capability (3D and amazing sound). Only one other cinema in the UK has this facility. This will be a great asset for Orpington.

Sad news for the Borough, sad news for Orpington.
14/02/2016

Sad news for the Borough, sad news for Orpington.

Some words from Phil Waller on the sad news that 'Lord Eric' has passed away.

Much has already been written today on the news that Lord Avebury (as he was formally known) has passed away. To some he was known simply as 'Eric'. I had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times. He was just the perfect gentleman. He was ultra intelligent, well spoken and engaging. He cared for so many things. Eric gave me encouragement a number of times when we first set up the OHO ten years ago and then a number of times thereon. I especially remember letter he wrote to me at 15 years old when I was at Ramsden Boys School when had I originally written and asked about his involvement in local politics and the 'fame' he had. The reply letter was encouragement to fuel my interest in local studies and Orpington but he played down the famous by-election and that he came from a grand family. Back then and in the past ten years it was clear he didn't care for fame or being a personality. Eric was hugely successful and fame wasn't part of that - it didn't need to be, his carrear could speak volumes. He was until very recently hugely active in the House of Lords, in human rights matters and he still kept an online blog and replied to emails.

Eric Lubbock will always be an important part of our town's heritage and his families impact and influence through his families legacy (Sir John Lubbock, High Elms etc) will never be forgotten.

My thoughts, our thoughts, are with Lyulph Lubbock and the Lubbock family on this sad day as we remember 'The Orpington Man'.

Phil W

The David Bowie Beckenham connection..
21/01/2016
How David Bowie retained affection for the suburb where his career started

The David Bowie Beckenham connection..

As a teenager in Russia, Natasha Ryzhova Lau listened to David Bowie records bought on the black market featuring a far-away bandstand on the cover. Today, she stood in front of the same bandstand in a south London suburb and quietly shed a tear for the man who became an inspiration.

16/01/2016

If you have liked or shared our posts this week please 'Like' our page. BHAF is the only Heritage and Arts Forum pulling together the Borough's Heritage and Arts groups and communities.

The Daily Telegraph have a superb article on David Bowie and his South East London connections. A number of references t...
16/01/2016
David Bowie: how a broken pint glass in a Blackheath pub changed the course of music history

The Daily Telegraph have a superb article on David Bowie and his South East London connections. A number of references to local areas, former and current residents are included. The article will also be in tomorrow's Sunday Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/12102471/David-Bowie-how-a-broken-pint-glass-in-a-Blackheath-pub-changed-the-course-of-music-history.html

David Bowie was only 16 when he stepped in as lead singer for The Konrads when the band's frontman cut his foot on broken glass at a pub gig in 1963. The accident propelled the then David Jones to stardom

No one else is going to have this image shared by Matthew Gall whose mother and aunt used to sing with David Bowie.... P...
12/01/2016

No one else is going to have this image shared by Matthew Gall whose mother and aunt used to sing with David Bowie.... Please and share.

Another tribute.
11/01/2016

Another tribute.

Here is a picture of David Bowie as part of "Davie Jones & The Manish Boys" who first performed at Chislehurst Caves in December 1964.

11/01/2016
Chislehurst Caves

More tributes.

We are very sad to hear the news of David Bowie, a local Legend who played on our stage many times, even after he became famous he still came back to our Caves.

R.I.P David Bowie. Gone but never forgotten!

More from the borough.
11/01/2016

More from the borough.

RIP former Bromley boy David Bowie who lived in Plaistow Grove in Sundridge Park Village from age 8 to 18.

More on our local connection and today's sad news.
11/01/2016
Bowie’s old school makes David Bowie Is One Of Us film - David Bowie Official Blog

More on our local connection and today's sad news.

“Hey man, my school days insane” Staff and students from University of the Arts London (UAL), supported by the learning team at the V&A, have worked with young people from David Bowie's former school, Ravens Wood School in Bromley, on a short film entitled David Bowie is...one of us. It’s a wond…

Sadly Bromley lost one of it's greats today. David Bowie was a local lad and is part of our Borough's cultural heritage....
11/01/2016

Sadly Bromley lost one of it's greats today. David Bowie was a local lad and is part of our Borough's cultural heritage.

What are you memories of David Bowie and his early days in Beckenham and the Borough as a whole?

30/09/2015

Phil Waller has stepped down as BHAF Chair. The Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum is a volunteer led group of Heritage and Arts groups within the London Borough of Bromley of which all the main groups (including both professional and volunteer organisations) are part. Phil steps down after over 3 years as chair to focus on personal and professional commitments and including continuing to lead the The Orpington History Organisation. The manager of Bexley and Bromley Local Studies and Archives said that Phil "did an outstanding job of raising the profile of history and heritage in the borough.." and that he "hoped someone else will step forward as chair". Phil was only required to be chair for 1 year but was voted back in by the forum two more times. Phil's legacy is that he established successful collaboration between groups that were not previously aware of each other or in touch, improved communication, branding & identity and a leaves a solid platform for another Chair Person to step in and move forward.

So today our Museum closed for the final time after 50 years of service to many local communities. Heritage is core to o...
25/09/2015

So today our Museum closed for the final time after 50 years of service to many local communities. Heritage is core to our Culture.Bromley Council should hang their heads in shame.

When it's gone it's gone! The Bromley Museum will close for good this Friday in its 50th year! There isn't enough room to express the entire disappointment and strong feeling that many of us feel in this update, it has also all been said previously over the past 9 months. So for this week lets celebrate the Museum, it's place at Orpington Priory (still under serious threat, by the way) and if you can get there for one last visit please make the effort!

A very sad week ahead.
20/09/2015

A very sad week ahead.

When it's gone it's gone! The Bromley Museum will close for good this Friday in its 50th year! There isn't enough room to express the entire disappointment and strong feeling that many of us feel in this update, it has also all been said previously over the past 9 months. So for this week lets celebrate the Museum, it's place at Orpington Priory (still under serious threat, by the way) and if you can get there for one last visit please make the effort!

Please share and comment!
05/07/2015

Please share and comment!

#SaveTheOrpPriory: Get a taste of 'Our Vision for Orpington Priory Community Arts & Heritage Centre' by downloading a PDF of an A4-folded leaflet, to view on screen and print at home, via this link: https://db.tt/yPZOAH7F

VE Day images from Orpington.
08/05/2015

VE Day images from Orpington.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day was celebrated on the 8th of May 1945 after The Germans unconditionally surrendered to the Allies thus meaning the War in Europe was over.

All over the country people celebrated. This album article contains a collection of images from Orpington (and District) relating to VE Day and what Orpington looked like in 1945.

Famous local resident. The man who gave us public holidays!
04/05/2015

Famous local resident. The man who gave us public holidays!

Let us remember the man who gave us 'Bank Holidays'.. Sir John Lubbock (1834–1913) of High Elms was instrumental in the passing of the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. Sir John who was also 4th Baronet and 1st Baron Avebury was a famous resident of our district. His grandson is the one and only Eric Lubbock (4th Baron Avebury), Liberal MP and who's fame coined the phrase 'Orpington Man'. Ironically High Elms House burnt down on the August Bank Holiday of 1967 (long after the estate had passed hands from the Lubbocks). Today the High Elms Estate is the 'High Elms County Park'. Many parts of the old grounds (including intact out buildings) and the Clock House Farm are still in good order and well worth seeing. A pleasant day out can be had at one of our local historical gems!

30/04/2015
The Orpington History Organisation.

May Queen and May Day Celebrations in the Orpington area.

May Queen Crowning and May Day celebrations in the area:

Orpington May Queen Crowning and Parade - Saturday 2nd May - 2pm - Priory Gardens.

Green Street Green May Queen Crowning - Saturday 2nd May - 3.30 pm - On the green opposite the bus garage.

Petts Wood May Queen and May Fayre - Monday 4th May - 10am parade starts, 11am crowning at PW Memorial Hall and then May Fayre until 4pm

Any more from any other communities?

Orpington's remembrance of ANZAC Day. Please share.
25/04/2015

Orpington's remembrance of ANZAC Day. Please share.

There are a number of cemeteries within the former OUDC boundaries that contain common wealth war graves. The most well known is Orpington All Saints Extension (some times known as Canadian Corner), Orpington All Saints Graveyard, St Mary Cray (Star Lane Cemetery), Chelsfield St Martin of Tours and Cudham St Peter and St Paul.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintain records for all who are laid to rest including all the pertinent details. You can see all these details on the CWGC website.

There are a number of ANZAC war dead laid to rest in the former OUDC cemeteries.

BHAF groups in action.
08/04/2015

BHAF groups in action.

OHO and Princes Trust Update.

I’m sure you will recall our involvement with the Bromley College Prince’s Trust Team programme (see post on 24th February 2015) and the community project that the team helped us with.

There were three elements to the ambitious targets we set:

1. Creating an interactive map of the districts listed buildings with photos, fact file and memories.

2. Completing the 1967 High Street project (already started by the OHO) to a higher level by bringing the 'now' to 2015, updating the records and gaining the communities opinion on the changes of nearly 50 years.

3. Creating an interactive map of the WWII Bombings in the area. Again, with images, fact file and local memories

Today the OHO were invited to the Orpington campus to join the ‘end of team’ celebration along with the students’ family and friends. Each student presented to the meeting on what they had gained from the 12-week course. Finally they were presented with a certificate for their work.

It was a privilege to have been invited and to have been a part of what these students will remember for a long time as they move into the adult world.

The materials they completed for the OHO projects have been received and will be of great benefit when we get a chance to process it! You’ll appreciate that any spare minutes we have at the moment are focused toward the plan and proposal to save the Priory and Museum service.

Phil and Tom would like to thank the Bromley College Prince's Trust Team programme for the opportunity to work with them on this initiative.

[the photo shows Phil and Tom at the far left with the Princes Trust team on a visit to Bromley Museum at the Priory]

#SaveOrpPrioryMuseum

The Bromley College Princes Trust Team are making encouraging progress on their Local History projects for the OHO.
20/02/2015

The Bromley College Princes Trust Team are making encouraging progress on their Local History projects for the OHO.

A little taster of the photographs the students are taking of listed buildings in the area for their community project with Orpington History Organisation

20/02/2015
Bromley Historic Collections

Sharing

Over the next few weeks, Bromley Local Studies & Archives will be showcasing a number of diaries and letters held with our collections, as part of our insight into Written History.

These sources often give us a glimpse into the innermost thoughts and feelings of historical figures, but can they provide an unbiased recollection of events occurring at the time in which they were written?

11/02/2015
The Orpington History Organisation.

Our Forum in action tonight. OHO, ODAS and BBLHS in attendance! Good news at last!

A positive outcome of tonight's Council Executive meeting. Cllr Morgan addressed the meeting and informed everyone that the proposals, relating to the Museum and The Priory, have been given a further 3 months consideration. Local Community groups and Heritage groups will be fully engaged and consulted. This will be structured into

1. The future Museum offer, involvement of Local Studies and Volunteer groups and how the new proposed Museum offer will work for the borough.

2. Consideration of the full spectrum of potential uses for the Priory.

3. Consideration that includes Orpington Town Centre and the positive things that are going on and the Priory's part to play in that.

Therefore no decision was made! People still asked their questions and got answers back as per process.

Over 100 people were there and it was so good to see so many OHO Members and friends from other Heritage and Community Groups.

Phil W.

11/02/2015
The Orpington History Organisation.

Tonight 7pm

Tonight we will learn the fate of the Museum and the Priory Building. Remember there are 3 main issues.
1. Selling of the Priory.
2. Closure of the Museum and Museum Service.
3. Approval to spend £400K on closing down the museum, rationalising the collections and then creating two new collections in Bromely to be 'looked after' by Bromley Local Studies and Archives and volunteer groups like Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum - BHAF

7pm at the Civic Centre

10/02/2015

We had a very positive evening at the 10th Orpington Community TweetUp in Green St Green! The theme was Amateur Dramatics (and others) and how social media has improved their groups! We may have also potential got some much needed members from the Arts sector! #orpingtontweetup

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