January 2020

Big Ben

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

Stories and Restoration

There is a lot more to this world-famous and symbolic tower than its beautiful gothic architecture. This lecture is a tour of Big Ben without the effort of climbing the 334 stairs- in fact the only way to see it at present! Stunning images will show its interior, mechanism, clock faces and Big Ben itself in the belfry.  Stories of friction and controversy will chart its turbulent history from design to construction exploring the contributions of Pugin, Barry and Dennison


Mr Tim Redmond

Tim spent his earlier career as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, working on murder, kidnap and anti-corruption investigations as well as in covert criminal intelligence. He finally retired as a Detective Superintendent and as the first police adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During his career Tim often gave presentations to large audiences, either for operational briefings or at conferences.

On retirement Tim decided on a complete change of direction, becoming a City of London tour guide and working for a London tour operator, specialising in tours around the UK. He then used the knowledge gained to become a guide within the Palace of Westminster, specialising in tours of Big Ben. His many guests on tours of the clock tower have included people such as Michelle Obama, Bill Gates and members of both houses of parliament. He also appeared in UK and overseas documentaries of the tower. Big Ben is now closed for a lengthy refit but Tim still guides people on tours around parliament and continues to talk on many aspects of history and stories relating to parliament.