*[[Peckham Rye Station#Old Waiting Room|Peckham Rye Station]]
===The Old Waiting Room in use again 2nd to 4th August 2012===
[[Image:Peckham Vision OWR Exh 016.jpg|right|350px|thumb|entering the Old Waiting Room at last from platform 3]]
We had a non-stop stream of visitors to the 3 day exhibition, about Peckham town centre in the Old Waiting Room, as part of the Peckham Cultural Olympiad. Over 600 visitors all keen to know more about the Old Waiting Room, the station restoration, the new public square and the town centre generally. It is clear that there is great local enthusiasm for the planned changes. Here are a few photos to give an insight into the magical experience for three days.
All the display panels and a full report on the exhibition is [http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/OWR_exhibition here.]
'''NOTE:''' This use of the Room was with a special temporary license from Network Rail, and with the agreement of Southern Rail and the station manager. The Room is not available for hiring out, and can not be until there is access to the Room without coming through the station. Peckham Vision is working on making the original staircase useable, and seeking the lease from Network Rail to run the Room as a social enterprise and as a multi purpose venue but this is some way off in the future.
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==Exhibition 2-4 August in Old Waiting Room June 2012==
Peckham Vision is arranging an exhibition about the town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. There will be talks and more each day.<BR>
'''Exhibition times: Thurs 2nd Aug 5pm – 9pm. Fri 3rd Aug 1pm – 9pm. Sat 4th Aug 11am – 3pm.'''<BR>
Volunteers are needed for a few hours during the afternoon or evening on Thurs 2nd Aug or Fri 3rd Aug, or morning or afternoon on Sat 4th Aug? To find out more, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. [http://peckhamresidents.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/2-4-august-exhibition-in-old-waiting-room-can-you-volunteer-to-help/#more-701 Read more…]
==Cultural Olympiad Exhibition in the Old Waiting Room: latest news May 2012==
Plans to hold the exhibition about Peckham town centre's history, current issues and future developments are well advanced. It is planned as part of the central Rye Lane Cultural Olmpiad contribution to take place during the Olympics. Details soon available.
==the Old Waiting Room project October 2011==A small core team of local residents, from Peckham Vision and the Peckham Society, are working on ideas about future uses and the work to get the external staircase restored and extended into the Old Waiting Room so making it accessible to the public without going through the station. Some substantial further repair and restoration work has to be done inside the room before it can be useable permanently by the public,including the installation of lifts. We hope that enough can be completed to enable the Room to be publically accessible for a short exhibition by the summer of 2012.
The exhibition would become a striking and attractive venue in the planned Peckham Cultural Olympiad Festival, along with the many artistic and cultural enterprises operating within walking distance of the station. Peckham Rye station is just 10 to 15 minutes from parts of central London, and just about 25 minutes by rail from the Olympic Stadium.
==Celebrating the Old Waiting Room and Peckham's historic buildings 31 March 2011==
[[Image:(29).jpg|left|thumb|250px|Old Waiting Room: 31 March 2011]]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f185HNkmiVU short video clip of event]
On 31st March 2011, the Peckham Society with Peckham Vision held a meeting in the Old Waiting Room to celebrate Peckham’s historic architecture. It was standing room only as over 120 people crowded into the historic room. New research was reported by the Peckham Society and English Heritage about the local landmarks, there was a report on progress with the proposed Conservation Area to help restore and preserve the best local buildings for the future. Exciting ideas on improving the forecourt as it is now, including new lighting, were described. An enthusiastic welcome was given to a major fund raising campaign launched at the meeting, and new volunteers recruited to the growing team.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/-paul-/sets/72157626313098507/with/5593114975/ see many more pictures]
==Local residents campaign for social enterprise multi purpose venue Dec 2010==
[[Image:10.06_floor_finished_P1070842small.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Old Waiting Room: multi purpose venue?]]
The Community Council applauded at their 8th December 2010 meeting the latest reports and pictures about the Old Waiting Room, and discussed suitable commercial uses to make the best of the wonderful space. Further funds are being sought to continue the restoration to the external staircase, & to improve the station walkways. This would be the public entrance to the space and make it useable for public activities. Local residents are developing a social enterprise project to bid for the lease for the Old Waiting Room from Network Rail as a multi purpose flexible venue. For more information, see [http://peckhamresidents.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/old-waiting-room-cic-possibility1.pdf brief here], and [http://peckhamresidents.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/old-waiting-room-next-exciting-steps/ and blog here.] If you want to get involved in this exciting project email email@example.com
==Two restoration projects completed at the Old Waiting Room July 2010==
On Friday the 16th of July the latest stage of the restoration was celebrated to mark the completion of two restoration projects which have helped open up and reveal to the Peckham community the grand Victorian waiting room that had become a bricked up and forgotten space. This huge, vaulted, hall was ‘lost’ in the early 1960s when the station’s southern platforms were demolished and re-built further west. At this point British Rail closed the billiard hall that had been using the hall since about 1900, bricked up the windows and essentially forgot about this fantastic room. It became a time capsule with all its original Victorian paintwork and most of its joinery intact. The Peckham Society and the Rye Lane and Station Action Group have campaigned to restore and open up these lost parts of the Peckham Rye Station. <br>
The station was designed by the talented Victorian architect Charles Henry Driver, who specialised in railway stations and civil engineering structures. He designed London’s great pumping stations at Abbey Mills and Crossness and detailed Bazalgette’s Thames Embankment. He also designed the London and Brighton and South Coast Railway stations at London Bridge, Denmark Hill and Battersea Park amongst many others across the south. He was passionate about the decorative possibilities of cast iron. The Peckham Society first persuaded English Heritage to list the station in 2008, then, with the help of Southwark Council, the Peckham Society architect and conservationist Benedict O’Looney began a programme of restoration.<br>
==Student workshop in the Old Waiting Room May 2010==
[[Image:2010.05.27_students_billiard_hall_P1070747.jpg|left|thumb|250px|Student workshop in the Old Waiting Room 28 May 2010]]
Kristina Kolotov, Second Year Coordinator, Canterbury School of Architecture 07977 - 038 105
==External access to the Old Waiting Room March 2010==
Two more CGS proposals have been accepted by the Community Council to take forward improvements at the station. The Peckham Society's bid for about £6k was successful to restore the 3 lower windows and 2 doors in the tower to the left of the forecourt. This will reveal the [[media:Peckham_Rye_Stairs_CGS.pdf|beautiful metal staircase]] leading from the station forecourt almost up to the Old Waiting Room. This adds to the work now completed on restoring the wooden floor, and the opening up of the windows and flooding the huge room with light. <br>
Southwark Rail Users' Group's proposal for clearing up some of the clutter in the front (repositioning the notice board), improving the lighting and the role of the tub plants, was also accepted. This will enable SRUG to add to the money pot being provided by Southern Rail through our energetic Station Manager Barry Jones, and take part in working out the details of the improvements. We are moving slowly but steadily to being able to open up the magnificent old room for public use. This vindicates the plan from the community groups involved of taking it one small step at a time to get there.
==Using the Old Waiting Room as a cafe October 2009==
[[Image:Image001.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Peckham Rye station old waiting room Illustration © by Lettice Drake & Paloma Gormley Oct 2009]]
* '''Summary:''' This proposal would mean this magnificent and forgotten space would open its doors again in a manner that is truly public. It would change people’s perception of Peckham. The involvement of local people provides an opportunity for Network Rail and Southern Rail to continue their work with Community Rail Schemes, and to lead the way in supporting innovative, locally rooted development. This space deserves to be used and should play a key and active part in Peckham’s future.
==Old Billiard Hall comes back to life! April 2009==
Daylight now floods, just as it used to, through large Victorian windows
into the magnificent huge Old Billiard Hall above the ticket hall at
originally the old waiting room and then for many decades a billiard room,
but has been derelict for many years. The recent restoration is the
successful result of collaboration between The Peckham Society, Rye
Lane & Station Action Group, Southwark Council, Southern Rail and
Network Rail. The Peckham Society have now secured some funds from the Community Council for the next stage [[Media:Station_CGS_bid.pdf|see proposals]] –