Exhibition 8th-26th February 2017

After a year of taking photographs, we are looking forward to exhibiting our work at the place that it all began, and that it’s all about – Lauderdale House.

We will be exhibiting work taken during of the Houses transformation, of both the building works on-site, and all the Pop Up events off-site as well. It’s not easy to run an Arts Centre – especially without an…er…Arts Centre.

Please join us from 8th February 2017 at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6.

See website for opening hours and more details.


Larking about at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

We had a wonderful time at Lark in the Park on Saturday 17 September to celebrate the 125th anniversary of public ownership of Waterlow Park.

There was much joviality, and many people from across local communities came to Waterlow Park to take part in the celebration.

One of the many wonderful activities at the event was Lauderdale House’s immersive theatre experience The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Lots of people joined in the story of Alice in Wonderland, ate cake, drank iced tea and juice and played lots of games with characters from C.S.Lewis’s classic tale.

Lark in the Park, which was organised by the Friend’s of Waterlow Park was a wondeful community event for the members of Lauderdale Exposed to take photographs of the public, and how best to capture key moments of fun, as shown in this fantastic photograph taken by Polly Hancock.

Lark In The Park 2016
Lark In The Park, celebrating 125 years of Waterlow Park 17.09.16. Mad Hatters Tea Party organised by Lauderdale House

A New Lease of Life

By Gordana Johnson

Polly promised that we would turn our old cameras into digital pinhole cameras. Curious and suspicious, I joined the Lauderdale Exposed group in Waterlow Park last Saturday. Drilling, pricking, sanding, taping – my camera’s bodycap survived the torture and VOILA!

My old Nikon, long forgotten, had a new lease of life as a pinhole camera. In addition, we were shown the magic of a simple piece of plastic attached to lenses and something called freelensing.

Testing newly learned things in the park was exhilarating. I’m again in love with my old battered Nikon and I’m ready to experiment.




On Saturday 9th July, we set off from the tea lawn a the back of Lauderdale House, fortified by Michel’s coffee, and armed with our new homemade pinhole body caps, DIY coloured filters, and just a hint of the possibilities of free lensing. Like the dogs racing through the park, we were off the leash and bursting with creative vim and vigour! Here’s a long exposure of what happens when the Waterlow wind whips it up through the ornamental shrubs. Oooh, long exposure, tiny aperture, big time fun!


NG Bath 30.06.16. 2 WEB

At the end of June I met furniture and interiors expert Anthony Beech who came to the House to collect Nell Gwyn’s Bath. It’s a full length carved, wooden structure, (often mistaken for a fireplace) and it usually stands in the entrance hall, but since the transformation of the house began last autumn it has been safely stored inside several enormous, custom built, wooden crates.

After opening the crates, Anthony began to break it down into it’s constituent parts by removing the dowels and carefully separating the pieces. Once apart, the pieces were again wrapped up and were loaded into his van that was headed for his restoration workshop in Lincolnshire. After the first few pieces had yielded to his deft dowel removal and hammering, there was dust, dust on the floor. Was it the dust of Nell herself? Or of later inhabitants? Maybe it was dust from the house’s time as a convalescent home? Or was it more recent dust from the Park keepers? Or possibly an especially dusty Cabaret season? Anthony chipped in that it was probably a mix of everything and we could have it whisked off to the lab to be carbon dated!

Enough to know that it was probably a mix of everything and everyone who’s passed through the house in the last 430 years. This dust will be swept up, but the other dust, the forever secret hidden dust that’s in the walls and under the floor, is still there. The dust of Nell and Charles, Sir Sidney Waterlow, Mr Hunt the park-keeper who lived in the house with his family during WW2, and everyone else who’s ever been in the house, including us, we’re all still there, maybe only visible under a microscope, but we’re all in there somewhere.


Lauderdale Exposed. Welcome to Camden

Our first meeting at Lauderdale House’s new home in Camden Town.

Here, I (Alice) am showing some of our participants how to contribute to the Lauderdale Exposed webpage, so that they can add their own blog posts to the webpage and become confident and active online contributors to Lauderdale Exposed.

Being a member of Lauderdale Exposed allows you an array of opportunities to not only flex your artistic muscles by taking photographs, but also to learn fantastic skills in marketing and project planning. The first event that Lauderdale Exposed have programmed is Portrait in the Park, which will be taking place on Saturday 30th July from 10am. We will be taking photographs of members of the public dressed in period costumes that are pertinent to the history of Lauderdale House. So expect to see some Tudor maids and Victorian dandies if you go through Waterlow Park on Saturday 30th July. We will be taking photographs on the tea lawn behind Lauderdale House, so please do come and see us.


Lauderdale House have landed. Hello Mornington Crescent.

On the move.MorningtonWelcome to our new temporary and trendy home in Mornington Crescent. As part of the Lauderdale House Transformed project the team have temporarily moved to Mornington Crescent and are now housed in the Crowndale Centre, a Camden Council building.

We are always looking for new volunteers and photography enthusiasts to come and join us at Lauderdale House. Please do contact awatson@lauderdale.or.uk if you would like to find out more opportunities to get involved.

S is for Steel

bricks1WEBAt the end of May, a site visit revealed that there is infact plenty going on behind the hoardings at Lauderdale House. Behind the fence, the old workshop and courtyard space is now hosting a brand new gleaming steel beam structure that will become a new part of the House and will include the new studio workshop. While we were on site, we got a glimpse of the brick laying going on in the courtyard around the new structure, and there was plenty going on inside the house as well. It was a lot to try to take in and document, and despite the visit being fairly brief, hopefully we got a few good photos of the progress so far for our archive.

Hargrave Hall Art Class

DSC_0334aWEBLauderdale Exposed intrepid team members Alice, Gordana and Polly went along to Hargrave Hall at the end of May to document the children’s drawing class which has been moved there during the building works at the House. Check out the fantastic homemade banner in the centre of the room, and the young students completely engaged in their work. Today they were designing Totem Poles, and having taken a few photos, I think all we really wanted to do was design our own Totem Pole….hold on, that’s given me an idea….!