Whitechapel Bell Foundry (15)

We went to an event tonight at Here East, an amazing set of new industrial spaces out in the Olympic Park near Hackney Wick, to see the way that new technology can be applied to the traditional techniques of Bell casting, in order to demonstrate that, if United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust are allowed to take the Whitechapel Bell Foundry over, they can introduce new, clean, environmentally friendly processes of casting, as well as invaluable systems of apprenticeship and training (there is apparently a big skills shortage in this area).  

Current technology uses a ceramic shell, based on aerospace, which allows for more detail in the surface.   In the past, it would have been done with loam through sand-casting. Prehistory meets hi-tech:-


2 thoughts on “Whitechapel Bell Foundry (15)

  1. joan says:

    Here East is properly amazing – a real Olympic legacy. They have quite a few events for locals – I have been on tours of the Bartlett, Wayne McGregor’s dance studios (featuring work – including a beautiful floor – from the Josef and Anni Albers foundation), the Matches fashion operation, the Plexal start up and much more. There is a good focus, across the campus, on innovation around the area of technological support for people with disabilities – the charity scope has its HQ there. One of my children is a student at the outpost of Staffordshire University based there which specialises in all things video gaming. Gavin Poole has created something really exciting.

  2. Dear Joan, You are always ahead of me ! I thought it was incredibly impressive and showed what a new form of clean industry and manufacturing might look like, not just for the Bell Foundry, but for the UK more generally. Charles

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