The Temple Bar Trust is a new charity which is in the process of registration with the Charity Commission which will lease and manage Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar in Paternoster Square to provide an income to support the charitable aims of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. The Temple Bar Trust will specifically focus on supporting diversity in the architectural profession and promoting architecture to a wider public.
Temple Bar was the traditional gateway to the City of London. We will transform it once again as a metaphorical gateway, a place where people can learn about the architecture and heritage before embarking on their visits and tours of the places and buildings of the Square Mile. The Trust will organise a regular programme of talks about architecture in the City aimed at a general audience and young people. These will include regular talks at the weekends for people visiting the Cathedral, as well as Livery lectures during the week and schools’ visits.
With the City annually attracting 6.59 million visitors with 1.5 million people visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar can once again become the ‘Gateway to the City’ by introducing visitors to its architectural heritage, to the Wren Churches and the Livery Halls, as well as its modern architecture. The Trust will offer discounted space to learning managers in the City and work with the City Centre Learning Programme youth course to provide workshops for local school children. It will encourage schoolchildren from diverse communities to learn more about architecture and construction as a career and it will support students through their architectural courses.