Using local historic venues in more creative ways e.g. in exhibitions is on the rise.
In addition to the 40+ furniture showrooms, Clerkenwell Design Week span three special venues that are rarely open to the public: the Farmiloe Building (a former lead/glass merchants warehouse), The House of Detention (a subterranean Victorian prison) and new for 2012, the Order of St John’s Priory (featuring an incredible 12th Century crypt and charming garden). These venues provide an evocative backdrop and juxtaposition to the contemporary designs and installations.
This is a smart way to include local history and tradition into creating new traditions. This kind of Living Tradition is a growing trend, that emphasis the roots to the local community.