Listening post, Dulwich

The Dulwich Society unveiled its new solar-powered listening post in Dulwich Village. The audio post was funded by a legacy from Mary Boast, a local historian who was librarian at Dulwich Library, and is located next to a bench on the Old College green, near the statue of Edward Alleyn. You press a button on the post and an actor playing Edward Alleyn talks about his life and explains how he came to buy the manor of Dulwich and set up his charitable foundation. Mary Green wrote the script and it was recorded by Will Owen. The Society’s new President, Dr Kenneth Wolfe, did the honours, following which local historian Brian Green gave a talk on the Chapel. Norman Harper then played 18th Century Baroque music on the Chapel organ while Society members toured the Chapel. The celebrations concluded with Bucks Fizz in the Cloisters. Society members commented on the clarity of the audio post’s sound and its ease of use. Attendees included relatives of Mary Boast, Dulwich Estate Chief Executive Simone Crofton, Chairman of the Trustees of the Dulwich Estate Andreas Kottering, and local councillors.