Ken Worpole to give talk: ‘The London Park: an ideal of urban life that changed the world.’

Wednesday 21st May
@ The Bowling Club, Southwark Park, SE16 2ES,+London+SE16+2ES&panel=1&f=d&fb=1&geocode=FXzEEQMd9SD__ykbglo8IgN2SDGy2SFkW03-jQ&cid=10231700458349648306

The 28th April 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Southwark Park Act 1864, which led to the lovely and historic Southwark Park enjoyed today. AS part of a programme of talks, the Friends of Southwark Park present….

‘The London Park: an ideal of urban life that changed the world’.  In this talk, writer Ken Worpole will survey the fortunes of the London park in the 20th century, together with its renaissance at the beginning of the 21st century thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, renewed political commitment, and improved management regimes. Nevertheless, he argues, the continued success of the London park as a model for convivial urban life will always need constant watchfulness and political engagement. Dr Ken Worpole is Emeritus Professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University, and the author of many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. For more about Ken’s work go to


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