Heritage Fair 2024 @ Lauderdale House
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Discover fascinating stories from Highgate’s past, and the diverse history of the communities that make up North London.

Come and chat to over 20 people who are interested in and knowledgeable about the history of our local area, including representatives from local museums, historic houses and local history societies at this FREE fair! Alongside Jacksons Lane, we will also be hosting a ‘memory stall’ this year, and collecting photos from the community that show the venues or Waterlow Park. Have any images from the past that you’d like to share? Bring them along!


Confirmed attendees for this year’s Heritage fair include:

The Arts Society Hampstead Heath

Camden History Society

Camden Tour Guides Association

Channing School

The Coleridge Trust

Friends of Kenwood

Highgate Cemetery

The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution Archive

The Highgate Roman Kiln Project

Highgate School Museum & Archive

The Highgate Society

Hornsey Historical Society

Jacksons Lane

Kenwood House

Lady Gould’s Charity

Lauderdale House

North London U3A

Memories Stall

Pink Plaques Project

Heritage Talk 2024 – That’s Entertainment! @ Lauderdale House
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us to discover the history of three local venues: Lauderdale House, Jacksons Lane and Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

Speakers from three of Highgate’s key entertainment venues join us for a special Heritage Weekend talk! With each building facing uncertain futures at one stage or another, this talk will provide a fascinating insight into the transformations and challenges involved in converting each into the venues we know today.

 We will hear from Nick Peacey, one of the driving forces behind Lauderdale House’s conversion to an Arts and Cultural Centre, alongside John Plews – long time manager of the award-winning Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre. Finally, we will be hearing from the team at Jacksons Lane and their amazing journey from derelict church to thriving community venue!

Heritage Talk 2024 – A Warm Welcome @ Lauderdale House
Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Highgate has more than its fair share of locations if you’re looking for a pint, a bite to eat…or a historic ceremony involving antlers!

Originally a village outside of London, Highgate has long been a welcoming spot for travellers and visitors alike. Join us for this fascinating talk as we discover the history of some of its more interesting watering holes!

Hear from an expert on the history of the local pubs and hostelries and open your eyes to some of the more bizarre rituals such as the ‘Swearing of the Horns’. You’ll find out all about St Joseph’s Parish Centre, which has hosted everything from boxing matches to beauty contests and is still the cheapest pint in Highgate! And we chat to Kate Fugallo who ran the Lauderdale café with her husband Salvatore,  from 1985 to 2014, helping take the organisation from one century into another! As she says, ‘we didn’t realise when we pitched up in 1985 it would turn out to be a major part of our lives and of our childrens’.

Heritage Family Day 2024 @ Lauderdale House
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Take a step back in time at Lauderdale House’s annual Heritage Weekend. On Sunday 25 February we’re hosting a special Heritage Family Fun Day for children and families to explore the history of the house and the area.

Drop in for all kinds of fun and free activities between 11am and 4pm – activities are free and you don’t need to book in advance!

 Discover the stories of the Victorian children who lived in the house on our interactive touchscreens.

 Explore the House with our family trail (there will be a chocolate prize for the first 50 children to complete it!).

 From 11.30am to 3.30pm, a craft session making Tudor ruffs and masks for a masquerade ball!

 No unaccompanied children – bring your parent and carer so they can join in too!