HUNDREDS of people are expected to visit The Salvation Army's International Headquarters (IHQ) on Saturday 21 September as part of Open House London. The free event, celebrating London's architecture, offers free access to more than 800 buildings in the city, allowing people to see areas that are usually closed to the public.
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This will be the fourth time that IHQ has taken part in Open House London. If previous experience is a guide, large numbers of people will visit the building to learn about its architecture and also find out more about the Army's worldwide ministry. Architects from Sheppard Robson, the company that designed the building, will be on hand to explain significant design aspects while Salvation Army staff will welcome people and assist with tours. For many people this will be a special opportunity to spend time in the serene surroundings of the International Chapel or visit the offices of the Chief of the Staff and the General.
In a new feature for the event, renowned Salvation Army historian Lieut-Colonel Jenty Fairbank will give presentations at midday and 2pm which will provide insights into the rich history of The Salvation Army at 101 Queen Victoria Street (click for map). The current IHQ building is the third to stand on the site, which has been occupied by The Salvation Army since 1881.
IHQ will be open from 10am to 5pm (last entry for tour at 4pm), with food available from Café 101 all day and plenty to look at in Gallery 101. Music will be provided outside the front door by Hythe Band in the morning and Regent Hall Band in the afternoon.
Following on from a successful trial in 2012, Major Beverly Ivany, writer of The Salvation Army's daily Bible reading series Words of Life, will be signing copies of the newly available January–April 2014 issue from 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm. A selection of the Salvation Books back catalogue will also be available, with special offers available only on the day.
For more information on Open House London 2013 go to www.openhouselondon.org.uk or download the Open House London 2013 app (currently available at reduced price for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad).
Report by the Communications Section