In the article, Melanie talks about lighting and heating in Victorian times and shares the story of Henry Stephens bringing electricity to the house. Whilst we are all stuck at home, it's the perfect excuse to put your feet up and enjoy reading the Finchley Community Magazine, which is a lovely publication covering lots of local interest and business stories. You can access the current issue and read the article here.
There's a focus on our varied events programme that we run througout the year, how we have had to adapt our events in light of Covid restrictions and it also includes a round up of our seasonal events planned for this December. Have a read online here or pick up a copy from our cafe.
In this issue of the magazine, we talk about the various ways you can get involved with Stephens House & Gardens. There are lots of opportunities both for individuals and also groups and businesses to benefit from our facilities to boost their health and wellbeing. There is also the chance to volunteer your time and to enjoy rewarding experiences whilst contributing to the house and gardens. Read the article online here.
Amongst articles on local writer and director, Gary Sinyor and fifteen year old artist Daisy Underwood, you will find a piece on the Stephens Collection. Our Visitor Services Manager Melanie shares her favourite item and reveals some of the fascinating history and story of the Stephens Ink Empire. We hope you enjoy the article!
There is a new magazine for the local area, Finchley Community Magazine. Founder Nicola, brings her passion for Finchley and all that the area has to offer in this beautifully presented publication, which you can view online here. You will find articles on people, places, businesses and initiatives that you may not have heard about, despite being right on your doorstep! Stephens House & Gardens was honoured to be featured in the launch issue and is delighted to be supporting the magazine which connects local people and has at its heart, the Finchley Community.
The gardens have now reopened after months of Covid-enforced closure and we are very happy to see so many people enjoying the grounds again.
Sadly, for the moment it is not possible for us to re-open the Visitor Centre and the Stephens Collection housed within it.
But we have good news on that front too! We have teamed up with technology consultants Exor Technology to create 3D digital versions of some of the objects in the collection and you can now see those online in their full glory.
The Stephens Collection has artefacts that trace the history of the Stephens family and the estate, the development of the Stephens ink company into a worldwide brand, and the history of writing materials generally. It has been lovingly collected and curated over the years by house staff and local enthusiasts and now comprises hundreds of items of local as well as national value. It is a hidden gem in the heart of North London.
What we have done is pick a few of the objects in the collection and render them in glorious 3D using a process called photogrammetry, which creates 3D digital objects from 2D images taken with standard cameras. If you want to know more about the technology behind this, have a read of Exor Technology's write-up on their site.
This was a Covid lockdown labour of love. One of the directors of Exor Technology lives locally and took the objects we selected into his home "lockdown studio" to capture them for this project. We hope you will agree that the results are amazing, especially given the enforced constraints.
Digital 3D objects are the building blocks of all Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. They are increasingly being used in a variety of other industries like medicine and architecture, as well as film and games. 3D printing, another fast-growing industry, also relies on accurate digital 3D objects.
The 3D objects are being hosted for us by Sketchfab under their very generous Museums Programme.
We think that the digital assets that we have made from the pieces in our collection should belong to everyone, in the same way that Henry Stephens left the house and gardens for the enjoyment of all. So in line with other museums and institutions in the country, like the British Museum, we are making them freely downloadable with a very permissive licence: You can use them for whatever you want, and all you have to do is give us a credit when you use them.
So just follow the links on the pages if you want to download them. And thanks to Sketchfab for their support!
We would love to hear what you think of this project. We are considering applying for funding to digitise more of our objects and would like to know what you think of them. And of course, if you do use them for your own projects please let us know!
How to enter
Take a photo of the house or gardens. We want to see your photos of Stephens House & Gardens with the theme of Spring. Be as creative as you like! You can submit up to 3 photos.
Share on social media. Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or all 3), tag us and include the competition hashtag #shgSpring
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Use the competition hashtag. Submit and share your entries on social media with the hashtag #shgSpring so we can see your images and share.
By entering this competition, you agree to the following terms:
Your images can be shared on our social media platforms and website.
Stephens House & Gardens reserve the right to reject any images of inappropriate content.
The competition opens 1 April and closes 30 April. The winner will be announced on social media on Wednesday 1 May.
This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The winner will receive Sunday Lunch for two in the House and their photo will be displayed at Stephens House & Gardens.