Thursday 11th October 2018.
A London walk. Visiting Lloyds Registry & the New Bloomberg Building & Exhibition. £6.
We start the day at 10.15 am when we meet at Liverpool Street Station. Top of escalators McDonald’s entrance.   25 places available.
A guided day walk in the City with a special guided tour and lecture inside the Grade 1 listed Lloyds Collcutt Building plus a visit to the New Bloomberg Building and audeo tour of the Roman  Mithras Temple now re-sited beneath.    Free time for lunch in the City.
Lloyds Registry Collcutt Building.
Fenchurch St  Entrance Hall Committee Room
With the site and architect secured, the Building Sub-Committee pressed on with planning the new headquarters. Curiously, the Committee’s brief to Collcutt was sketchy with little guidance on office needs. It appears to have been more concerned with making a fine architectural show while keeping a keen eye on finances. Collcutt was told to design a building of grandeur, worthy of the leading classification authority. Initial designs were turned down as too understated, but finally a scheme of appropriate splendour was agreed in October 1898.  In December 1901, Lloyd’s Register took possession of its new building at 71 Fenchurch Street, London.  Thomas Collcutt used elaborate decoration to achieve complexity and richness in his design, which now contrasts strongly with the modernity of the Richard Rogers building.
 London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
The Roman Temple of Mithras, dating from the third century, nearly 1,800 years ago, is revealed in a unique reconstruction on the site of its original discovery in the heart of the City of London.This new cultural destination created as part of the development of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters. It now opens to the public
With its own, independent entrance along Walbrook, the three-storey space showcases the reconstructed temple seven metres below the streets of modern London, at Roman ground level. The temple is introduced on a mezzanine, directly above it, by a display of projections and interactive kiosks that invite visitors to explore the practices and symbols associated with the cult of Mithras. At street-level, Bloomberg SPACE will hosts a series of contemporary art commissions reflecting broadly on the history of the site, as well as a huge vitrine displaying more than 600 remarkable Roman artefacts found during recent excavations at Bloomberg.
The immersive temple reconstruction uses carefully directed lights, haze and sound to bring the temple’s remains to life, and to evoke the rituals and activities that took place within its cave-like walls. The memorable reconstruction marks a new direction for the interpretation and presentation of archaeological ruins.

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