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Update on the Tavistock Square Garden Memorial

Friday, March 17, 2017

A permanent memorial has been commissioned by the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust to commemorate the thirteen innocent victims who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing at Tavistock Square on the 7th July 2005.

The memorial takes the form of a cast metal plaque within the Tavistock Square garden. Its placement and inscription references the location of the incident.

The memorial's message is intended to be contemplated from within the garden square. Equally, the memorial announces a presence onto the public pavement outside the boundary of the railings. The inscription is case into the cambered surface of the solid plaque and is orientated towards the location of the incident.

The architects developing the design, Carmody Groarke, have previously worked successfully with the bereaved families to design and deliver the National 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park, which was opened in 2009 on the fourth anniversary of the bombings.

The 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust will be submitting a planning application to the London Borough of Camden shortly. If you have any queries or would like to express your support for the memorial, please email parks@camden.gov.uk.


Register for the 2016 Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The lecture is due to take place on the evening of Monday 4th July in the Great Hall of the British Medical Association in Tavistock Square.

This years lecture will be delivered by June Kelly, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent, who over the past decade has worked on many chapters of the 7/7 story. She reported from the scenes of the bombings, was in court for the inquests on the 52 who died and saw the bombers' associates face a criminal trial. She also covered the unveiling of the Hyde Park memorial and the 10th anniversary commemorations.

You can register your attendance at the 2016 memorial lecture by entering your details here.

Details of 2016 Memorial Lecture Announced

Thursday, May 12, 2016

12th May 2016: Today, the 7/7 Memorial Trust releases details of their 2016 Memorial Lecture, to mark the 11th anniversary of the London Bombings on 7th July 2005.

The lecture will be delivered by June Kelly, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent, who over the past decade has worked on many chapters of the 7/7 story.

She reported from the scenes of the bombings, was in court for the inquests on the 52 who died and saw the bombers' associates face a criminal trial. She also covered the unveiling of the Hyde Park memorial and the 10th anniversary commemorations.

June will deliver the lecture on the evening of Monday 4th July at the British Medical Association in Tavistock Square. In previous years, the lecture has benefitted from the support of and been delivered by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Lord Ian Blair QPM, Martine Wright, the Captain of the British Paralympic Volleyball Team and Baroness Tessa Jowell.

In addition to the lecture, the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust is campaigning to raise funds to erect a memorial in Tavistock Square, the site most closely recognised with the events of that morning. The Trust has already received donations of £105,000 towards their £130,000 target.

June Kelly comments "I am very pleased and honoured to be part of such an important event in the week when we will be remembering all that was lost on 7th July 2005."

To reserve your place at his years event please call our Chair, Philip Nelson on 07771 953959 or forward an email to philip.nelson@tavistocksquarememorialtrust.org

 

 

 

Panel Discussion on Plans to Memorialise 7 July at Tavistock Square

Monday, February 29, 2016

Join us for a panel discussion on the plans to memorialise 7/7 at Tavistock Square and the possible consequences of these plans for the square's other memorial traces and markers. The panel brings together some of those who were first on the scene and later investigated the bombing with those responsible for the recent memorial campaign and a number of academics working in the field of memory studies.

The panelists include:

Philip Nelson, Chair of the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust

Alex Marshall, 7/7 Witness

David Videcette, Former 7/7 Scotland Yard Investigator and Crime Novelist

Silke Arnold de Simine, Reader in Memory, Media and Cultural Studies at Birckbeck University

Gabriel Koureas, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture at Birckbeck University

Andrew Smith, Teaching Fellow in History at University College London

Katia Pizzi, Director of the Centre of the Study of Cultural Memory at the School of Advanced Study

Samuel Merrill, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the School of Advanced Study


The event is being held at The Keynes Library at Birckbeck University (46 Gordon Square, London), on Wednesday 9th March from 6.30PM to 8.00PM.

It is free to attend, but you must register in advance by entering your details here.

Charity Single to Raise Funds for Permanent Memorial

Friday, December 18, 2015

An exceptionally talented group of young musicians have released a charity single, Hometown City, that was inspired by the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London attacks. Having been updated after the recent terrorist atrocities in Paris, the single contains a very powerful message not only of remembrance and love for our 'hometown cities', but also a message of hope and resilience that serves to unite all of our communities.

The 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, together with Awards for Young Musicians and Association Francaise des Victimes du Terrorism, are the chosen charities to benefit from any proceeds raised.

The project has been led by anonymous London producer 'Falcon Fields', who says he is "delighted the proceeds are going to three very worthy causes. Two of them are working to commemorate and help innocent victims of the attacks in London and Paris. The third is also extremely important to me as it provides essential funding and other support to help young musicians nurture their talents." 

The single is available to download from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.


Join us and WalkTogether on 7 July

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten years ago, terrorists tried to divide us. Today a broad coalition of people, from all faiths and backgrounds, is calling on the public to come together and show that they failed.

Please join us and walk the last stop of your journey on 7 July, and show your support by sharing a photo using #WalkTogether.

7 July 2005 was just another Thursday morning and Londoners were on their way to work. But at ten to nine, terrorists detonated four bombs at Kings Cross, Aldgate, Edgware Road and Tavistock Square. 52 people lost their lives and over 770 were injured.

The victims were all of us: young and old, black and white, different faiths and none.

The tenth anniversary is a day to remember those whose lives were lost or changed forever. It's also an important moment for London and for Britain - a chance to stand up for the country we all want to share.

On that terrible day 10 years ago, London was shocked but it didn't grind to a halt. That evening, with public transport shut down, thousands of people walked home. But we were not divided - we walked together.

On Tuesday 7 July, we are asking people to walk together once again - to get off the bus, train or tube one stop early and walk, in a quiet moment of unity and remembrance of those who lost their lives.

#WalkTogether is a new initiative supported by Faiths Forum for London, Hope Not Hate, Islamic Society of Britain, Faith Matters, Trust for London, The Big Iftar, British Humanist Association, St John Ambulance, New Horizons in British Islam, City Sikhs, Inspire, JW3 Jewish Community Centre London, Hindu Council UK, Armed Forces Muslim Forum and British Future. Our media partners the Evening Standard announced the initiative in the paper yesterday and will feature it further over the coming week.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has also voiced his support for #WalkTogether, together with mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith, Tessa Jowell, Syed Kamall, Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Caroline Pidgeon.

We hope it will provide a way for people all over the country to be actively involved in remembering the lives lost on 7/7 - and also present a message of hope and unity across people of different backgrounds, as Britain reflects on the ten years since 7/7.

The decade that has followed has been an anxious one for Britain. But none of us wants fear and hate to win.

The power of #WalkTogether will come from people all over Britain taking part. You can walk at any time of day, wherever you are, with friends and colleagues or on your own. Please show your support by sharing a picture of your walk using the #WalkTogether hashtag.

Join us and #WalkTogether.

Philip Nelson talks to London Live

Friday, June 12, 2015

Philip Nelson, Chair of the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, talks to London Live about plans for a 'people's memorial' in Tavistock Square. You can watch the full interview here.

Details announced of 2015 7/7 Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

2nd June 2015: Today, the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust releases details of their 2015 Memorial Lecture, the first of the two official commemorations to mark the 10th anniversary of the London bombings on 7th July 2005.

The former Secretary of State for the Olympics, Dame Tessa Jowell, will deliver the lecture on the 29th June, at the British Medical Association in Tavistock Square. She was also the Minister who provided continuing support to families and survivors over many years by co-ordinating resources across Government as she had done after 9/11.

In previous years, the lecture has benefitted from the support of and been delivered by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Lord Ian Blair QPM and Martine Wright, the Captain of the British Paralympic Volleyball Team.

In addition to the lecture, the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust is campaigning to raise funds to erect a memorial in Tavistock Square, the site most closely recognised with the events of that morning. This permanent marker will receive no public funding and will be entirely funded by donations. The Trust has already received donations of £36,000 towards their £100,000 target.

Dame Tessa Jowell comments:

"I am honoured and deeply touched to be invited to deliver this year's memorial lecture on the 10th anniversary of the bombings. The lives of the families who were bereaved were changed forever on that day as were those who survived with life changing injuries.

The memory of winning the Olympics and then the devastating terror attacks are forever entwined in London's memory.

I also feel that a memorial in Tavistock Square will have great significance when people look back at the history of London, and will help bring comfort to those affected by those tragic events. There are so many things that are important to make the pain of loss in those circumstances even possible to endure, and one of them is to have a memorial as a place to visit and reflect."

Philip Nelson, Chair of the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, adds:

"We are grateful to Dame Tessa Jowell for agreeing to deliver our annual lecture. Following her work at the time providing support and help to families of victims, she remains close to many of them to this day. We are also grateful to those local businesses and individuals who have contributed towards the funding of the memorial we want to erect in Tavistock Square, which will provide a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives on the no.30 bus, and celebrate the courage and resilience of the survivors, the emergency services and those members of the public who did what they could to help. We are now calling on the support of the wider London community to give what they can to help us make this peoples' memorial a reality."

For more information, please contact:

Press Officer: Sophie Barnett (sophie@sbcommunicationsltd.com | 020 7198 8443)

Tavistock Square Memorial Trust: Philip Nelson (philip.nelson@tavistocksquarememorialtrust.org | 07771 953959)

7/7 Memorial Lecture 2014, Martine Wright

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Martine Wright the 7/7 Survivor and Paralympic Athlete delivered this years lecture on the evening of Monday 30th June. 

7-7 Memorial 2014 from Philip Nelson on Vimeo.

7/7 Memorial Lecture 2013, Lord Ian Blair QPM

Monday, July 01, 2013

The 7/7 Memorial Lecture, 2013 was held on Monday 01 July

Delivered by Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton.

Click here to see the Press Release (.pdf)

Lord Blair to give next 7/7 memorial lecture London Evening Standard, 16 May 2013