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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
This is where the matchbox toys factory used to be.
Location: Lee Conservancy Road, Homerton Road, Hackney, E9
Description: This massive new redeveloped apartment building used to be the renowned Lesney Matchbox Toys factory. Like all great old-world manufacturers it's got a spectacular canal-side location. It's now home to 49 permanent purpose-built artists studios.
Lesneys factory made legendary Matchbox Toys between 1952 and 1982 - inside there are enormous illustrations of the people using the machines that made the toys, painted directly onto the gallery walls. Plus there are a number of video diaries by employees about their experiences of working at Lesneys. The display includes two computer interactives: one which will record a survey of visitors attitudes to work, the other an opportunity for visitors to explore job opportunities in relation to their interests and skills.