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Archaeology Festival 2015

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Archaeology is not just about what is buried beneath our feet. It is about any extant fragment, and it may be buried, or may be several storeys above us. It may be smaller than your thumbnail, or as big as Union Chapel itself. Union Chapel, in collaboration with Islington Archaeology and History Society takes part in the Council for British Archaeology’s annual festival every July, and events remain available throughout the year.

Free organ recitals on the third Wednesday of the month

With the story afterwards of the Grade I listed instrument’s full restoration, described in 2013 by the restorers, Harrison and Harrison as “the filthiest instrument we’ve ever worked on”. This wasn't surprising, as the previous major work on the instrument had been in 1946 to remove pieces of shrapnel.

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“George Orwell, Highbury, and the Legacy of the V1 Bomb”

Outdoor walking tours on the “Rocket Bomb” that hit in 1944 what would become Highbury Corner, and left a trail of human and geographical devastation that affected the thought behind Nineteen Eighty-Four. Small fragments remain, that people walk past every day. Union Chapel remained severely damaged, and these days is much restored.