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Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust

Britannia Panopticon

20th Anniversary

In 1997 Judith Bowers started a campaign to raise awareness to the plight of the world’s oldest, and at that time mostly forgotten, music hall, Britannia Panopticon. Within a year more people had joined the cause and in 1999 this little group had formed into the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust, receiving its charitable status on May 15th 1999.

The initial board included Judith Bowers, Graham Hunter (who is still a trustee), David Carter Fergusson, Robin Cuthbertson, Finlay Mclay (who is now Judith’s husband), and Robin Cameron - who was the first chairman; a position that he held until August 2015.

The ‘Friends’ was established to fundraise for the expense of running the campaign and to support the work of the Britannia Panopticon Building Preservation Trust. Now we fundraise to keep the building open to the public as a vibrant visitor attraction, community hub, music hall archive and working music hall.