Help uncover the Guildhall’s past at a special fundraising reception

A special reception is being held at London Metropolitan University’s Electra House to fundraise for plans to uncover the building’s past.

Date: 13 November 2014

Based in the heart of the City at Moorgate, Electra House has been home to the University’s London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and its predecessor institutions since 1944 when the previous building was destroyed in German air raid.

The building opened in 1902 as accommodation for the Eastern Telegraph and Allied Companies, later Cable and Wireless, and home to the cable network between Great Britain and Japan.

This connection between the two countries is one of themes of a mural that once appeared in the foyer painted by artist George Murray over a century ago.

Restorstoring the the foyer's previous features is just one part of a renovation project of the building’s foyer which also involves constructing an exhibition space and mini-museum on the building’s history. The project follows extensive investment by the University in student hubs and the refurbishment of seminar rooms, lecture theatres and study spaces.

Professor Stephen Perkins, Dean of the London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law, said: “We want Electra House to be a great place for students, staff and the public, and the alterations to the foyer are the final step in achieving this.”

The University is hoping to crowd source as much of the funding as possible from its alumni, staff, students, friends and neighbours in the City.

Alumni and guests are invited to the private reception to meet the architect behind the project, hear the final plans on how Electra House will be restored to its original beauty, network and enjoy some wine and canapés and take a tour of what has been achieved to date.

The reception is one of several planned fundraising activities to help raise over £50,000 towards the cost of the project.

To find out more about the event and to reserve your place go to the Event's Eventbright page.

To donate to project go to the project Just Giving page.

Sketch of the proposed project.