Ice Well 2100
Our project on the ice trade
With funding from the heritage Lottery Fund we have completed the most major and important part of a project about the ice wells and the ice trade. A building conservation project replaced three piers above the wells, that support the ground and first floors. They were replaced in two cases with reinforced concrete supports, clad in brick to maintain the original appearance. The third pier was replaced with brick. In addition, delaminating concrete was removed from the underside of the ground floor to expose the steel joists. These were cleaned and treated with a zinc preparation to protect against corrosion.
The rest of the project is concerned with the wider sharing of our unique ice trade heritage. in fact there are a lot of projects under the Ice Project umbrella. They include:
- Making a model of the building as it may have looked at the height of the ice trade in about 1890
- Installing new dramatic lighting in the western ice well, now installed
- Installing CCTV in the eastern ice well, that will be available online. There will also be art installations from time to time in the eastern well
- Commissioning working models of Victorian ice cream makers to teach science to school groups. We now have this model
- Running three Dig Deeper study days exploring various aspects of ice and the ice trade. Now finished.
- We ran two Ice Well Descent open days for the Festival of British Architecture in July
- A set of gallery talks in the summer
- We've a programme of research and oral history recording to find out more about the ice trade and the history of our building
- The exhibition When Ice Came to London