Highgate’s Cultural Heartbeat
We offer new ideas, opportunities for debate and discussion, and good, lively company.
At the HLSI you will find a library for borrowing, research and browsing; a members’ room with all the major periodicals; stimulating weekly lectures; popular films; art exhibitions; science discussions; musical events and trips to the theatre and opera. Our archive has a wealth of documents and pictures of all kinds relating to Highgate past and present.
THE HLSI ARCHIVE NEEDS YOU!
Our current project concerns the shops in Highgate, past and present.
And we want to hear from you!
We want to find out about the local shops you have used, the shops you remember from the past, and your memories of the people who ran them.
Don’t presume your recollections will be insignificant – we hold more information about the Highgate shops of the 1880s than we do about the shops that existed between 1950 and 1990. So every little helps!
Mrs Joan Oliver at the Village Fruit Store, 1998 – now the Mary Portas charity shop
If you have any memories, recollections or stories about the shops in Highgate High Street, Archway Road, Swain’s Lane or Highgate Hill….
…or original photographs, art, documents, receipts or ephemera relating to any of Highgate’s local shops….
…then please pop in to the HLSI to share them with our archivists!
We’ll be delighted to talk to you (with coffee and biscuits) on:
Saturday 25 February (2-3.30pm)
Saturday 1 April (an all-day drop-in session)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Since it was established in 1839, the HLSI has been an essential part of the life of Highgate.
We are in the heart of the village, overlooking Pond Square, in the building into which we moved in 1840.
We want to share with everyone our interest in life, the arts, literature and science.
Come and join us!