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Friends of Blackheath Halls

The Friends of Blackheath Halls was set up in 1991, when the Halls had been brought back into public use, with two main objectives: to provide financial and voluntary support for the activities of the Halls and to be a source of cultural activities for the people of Blackheath and the surrounding area, and thereby increase their sense of community.


The Friends organisation is managed by a committee, elected each year at the AGM. This is independent of the Halls management but with representatives on the Halls management board.

Friends pay an annual subscription, which is used to fund the Friends' activities. Friends events also raise funds to sponsor concerts and to support the Halls.

What We Do

Main activities organised by the Friends are:

Literary Evenings: well known authors talk about their recently published books. There are 8-10 each year.

Architectural Events: guided visits to building and sites of architectural and environmental interest, normally in the London area and often places not open to the public; including discussion with the principal architect. The programme also includes a summer weekend away and the annual Architectural Lecture by an eminent member of the profession.

Cultural Visits, such as to the British galleries at the V&A and to the Slade collection at UCL.

Friends Party, held just before Christmas each year. This gives the Friends the opportunity to meet each other, provide feedback to the committee and to learn about developments planned by the Halls management.

Why Should You Join?

If you live within easy reach of the Halls, and you are interested in enjoying and supporting the arts, and other cultural activities, then you should become a Friend of the Blackheath Halls: a successful Friends' organisation is essential to any community venture.

Friends receive:

  • an increased sense of belonging to the Blackheath community.
  • the satisfaction of knowing that they are directly supporting the upkeep and development of the Halls.
  • advance information and priority booking for events at the Halls.
  • full details and invitations to all Friends events.
  • Friends newsletters describing current and future events and plans for the Halls.

How To Join

If you would like to become a Friend of Blackheath Halls, please call: +44 (0)20 8463 0100, email:, or pick up a leaflet at the Halls.

Membership Rates:

Individual £25
Family £35
Individual Life Membership £200

Last updated on Thu 6 Feb 2014 15.26h