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We’re transforming a fascinating but forgotten heritage site in Clerkenwell into the UK’s centre for illustration.

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New River Head

Discover the history of this unique former waterworks
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Our collaborations with communities, illustrators and researchers are exploring Islington’s stories
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Take a tour

Our virtual tour takes you inside the buildings we are working to restore
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Viewing platform

Before the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration opens at New River Head you can get a glimpse of its derelict buildings from the viewing platform
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Home for a very special archive

Quentin’s archive contains more than 40,000 works, the new Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will provide a home for this unique cultural asset.
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Join in

Help us transform New River Head into galleries, learning spaces and gardens
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Venue hire

Use New River Head as a filming location or unit base