Points of View

The view from the Horniman Museum garden which shows the London skyline including St Paul's Cathedral, the Shard and other London landmarks

2017 marks 80 years since St Paul’s Heights was first introduced. Since then the Greater London Authority has protected 27 views in the capital, but only thirteen hold Protected Vista status. Nine of these are from north of the river, with just four from south of the river. The ‘Points of View’ project seeks to address the apparent disparity and explore the potential for new protected views from south London.

As part of this activty we will be collaborating with the Horniman Museum & Gardens, and Bompas & Parr to produce an installation, The Imminent Diorama, which will sit atop one of London’s finest – but as yet unprotected – views of the city, from the grounds of the Horniman Museum.

The Imminent Diorama

The installation allows the public to see this view as it is now, and as it could appear over the coming eighty years. The installation highlights the delight and importance of views to Londoners, and their current lack of protection from certain areas of London. 

The Imminent Diorama
Imminent Diorama
" The installation brings together contrasting artistic points of view in one engaging, thought-provoking and interactive installation."
- Sam Bompas, Bompas & Parr

Views on views

To accompany the project we have made a number of short films by south London actors, authors and activists arguing in support of important views from south of the river to address the imbalance of currently protected views.

The National Trust is open to suggestions from any area of London that has important views that are not protected. These can be submitted, very simply, by tweeting them @NTLovesLondon.

" We’re asking Londoners to tell us which views are most important to them for us to celebrate and, in the future, perhaps protect."
- Joe Watson, Creative Director, National Trust London

The London Plan

Ultimately, the views suggested by the public will be assessed by a panel of experts and a proposal will be submitted to the Mayor of London as the new London Plan goes out for consultation. The project is part of a wider National Trust initiative about urban views and urban design, which will run over the coming year and will include an exhibition and publication about the history of London cityscapes from Canaletto to the Camera-phone.

Visiting informaton

The Imminent Diorama can be found at the Horniman Museum & Gardens 

Date and times: Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November, 7.15am-4.15pm

Location: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

How to get there: The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a five to ten minute walk from Forest Hill station (Overground, National Rail) and is signposted from the platform 1 exit. Forest Hill station is a 14 minute journey from either London Bridge (National Rail) or Canada Water (Overground). There are several bus services which stop at both the station and museum.

Cost: Free to visit.

The installation is suitable for adults and children alike.