Topolski Memoir Ltd

Topolski Memoir Ltd

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Topolski Memoir Ltd

A personal interpretation of the great people and public events of
the 20th century

The Topolski Memoir is an artist’s visual record of the personalities and the social and political events of the 20th century including WWII, Belsen and the Nuremburg Trials, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Mao’s China, Swinging ‘60’s London, Elvis Presley and the Vietnam War. It is a personal and often satirical ‘summing up’ of the great public events and societies that Feliks
explored. They were the personal encounters that shaped his life.

The Memoir was given to the nation in 1984 and opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. It was painted and is still housed in the railway arches next to the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. Feliks was still working on it at the time of his death in 1989. The Memoir is an integral part of the thriving London’s South Bank Centre (annual footfall of 7
million people) which is about to complete a multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Memoir is undergoing a full restoration and is to reopen as a unique flexible learning resource centre forartists, schools and the local community. The
refurbished Memoir will have an initial target of 20,000 visitors per year, with charged admission,including concessions, and free access to Lambeth and Southwark residents. There will be two types of education programme, formal and informal, for school and college pupils in addition to community projects including reminiscence work with local older people.

The funding need for the total project is £3. 3 million of which there is £740,000 left to raise. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Waterloo Project Board have provided most of the public funding for the project and about £1. 2 million has been raised from private sources. £350,000 is needed by the end of December to take the next steps with the restoration work and to
enable the project to open on schedule.