Lecture: Restoration of Wilton’s Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall, in Tower Hamlets, London, is the only surviving example of a Victorian Giant Pub Music Hall anywhere. It was in halls like this that variety entertainment as we know it evolved. Tim Ronalds worked with Wilton’s Music Hall Trust for nine years to raise the funds to save the Music Hall and is RSUA is partnering with Ulster Architectural Heritage (UAHS) to deliver a lecture on the restoration of the building.

They took a new approach to conservation, by not “restoring” the building in the usual sense, but by doing only what was essential to make it secure, safe and usable, aiming to preserve the very special atmosphere Wilton’s has of a derelict theatre rediscovered.

The project has been a great critical success; receiving several RIBA awards, including London Building of the Year, and the New London Architecture Restoration award.


Tim Ronalds is a Director at Tim Ronalds Architects. Since 1982, Tim Ronalds Architects have established a reputation for buildings of outstanding quality and character. They specialise in arts, education and public projects. Designing buildings which enable people to enjoy creative work is a fundamental enthusiasm of the practice. Many of their projects have involved designing in sensitive locations and with listed buildings.

Please note that the venue for this event, the Old Museum Building awaits restoration, there is not currently disabled access to entrance and upper levels of the building. Drinks will be served from 7pm, lecture begins at 7.30pm.