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1986-1991: The Trust's Shop

His and hers T-shirts and Sweatshirts with Dial Face prints. His and hers T-shirts and Sweatshirts with Dial Face prints.

In 1986, the Kleinwort Benson Property Fund (KBPF), then developing a former banana warehouse into the Thomas Neal's Centre, kindly lent us the corner unit facing the Dials for a fundraising pop-up shop. The shop was designed and built by trustee Paul Draper with interior design provided pro bono by Paul Dyson Design.

We had much help from both English Heritage and the National Trust in developing our limited edition product range and we used many of their suppliers.

Dial face T-shirts and sweaters reverse.
His and hers T-shirts and Sweatshirts with Dial Face prints, reverse.

His and hers Pillar Sweatshirts.
His and hers Sweatshirts with Pillar Logo prints.

Limited edition bone china
Limited edition bone china.

Limited edition etched Pillar whisky set.
Limited edition etched Pillar whisky set.

Limited edition etched Pillar glasses.
Limited edition etched Pillar glasses.

 

The shop was initially run by volunteers covering normal shop hours, but we soon learned to open from midday into the evening. Once fully running, with an administrator in post and well-organised volunteers, initial turnover went up 700% as our range of high quality gift items sold extremely well. The shop also provided office space and the basement housed our first exhibition - Architecture, History, Horology. As a return favour, to KBPF, we also exhibited their plans for their development.

The shop helped promote the Monument Appeal, fundraising to re-create the lost Sundial Pillar, raised our profile and was very useful during the Unveiling event. Sadly, our use was curtailed when part of the roof collapsed and the shop was flooded.

Mug designed by cartoonist Mel Calman. Sundial bone china in gold leaf

Mug designed by cartoonist Mel Calman.

Bone china mugs with dial face.

The shop space was donated by the Kleinwort Benson Property Fund.

 

David Bieda and the shop decorator.
David Bieda and the shop decorator.
Trustee Paul Draper in the shop which he designed and built.
Trustee Paul Draper in the shop he designed and built.

 

Decorating and fitting out the shop.

Shop interior.

First exhibiotn, displayed in shop basement.

The first exhibition, displayed in the shop basement.

Volunteer shop assistants in the shop office.

Volunteer shop assistants in the shop office.

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