Jannuzzi Smith Editions publishes ‘A curious colony’,  28 | 11 | 2011

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Jannuzzi Smith Editions has published ‘A curious colony – Leicester Square and the Swiss’ by Peter Barber. The book marks the restoration of the ‘Glockenspiel’ in London’s Leicester Square, which was celebrated in the presence of the former President of Switzerland Adolf Ogi; the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Susie Burbridge; the Swiss Ambassador Anton Thalmann; and the Executive Vice-President of Switzerland Tourism, Urs Eberhard.

Contrary to popular assumption, the Swiss association with Leicester Square in London did not commence in the 1960s with the building of the Swiss Centre; rather this was the latest manifestation of a relationship that dates back to the early eighteenth century. Since that time, the Swiss presence has grown from a few individuals and families to, by the late nineteenth century, a community so large as to be commented on by observers such as Charles Dickens.

Peter Barber (b. 1948) is Head of Cartographic and Topographic Materials at the British Library where he has been working since 1975. A council member of the London Topographic Society, he curated the ‘Switzerland 700’ exhibition and theáBritish Library’sá‘A life in a map’áexhibition.

The book is published byáJannuzzi Smith Editions onábehalf of Presence Switzerland, the Swiss Embassy to the United Kingdom and Switzerland Tourism.

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Edizioni Jannuzzi Smith ha pubblicato ‘A curious colony – Leicester Square and the Swiss’ di Peter Barber. L’opera Ŕ stata presentata al pubblico durante la cerimonia che ha segnato il ritorno del ‘Glockenspiel’ nella sua storica posizione in Leicester Square a Londra. La cerimonia si Ŕ svolta alla presenza dell’ex-Consigliere federale Adolf Ogi, del Lord Mayor of Westminster Susie Burbridge, dell’Ambasciatore Anton Thalmann e del Vice-presidente Esecutivo di Svizzera Turismo Urs Eberhard.

Il legame tra la Svizzera e Leicester Square non comincia – come generalmente si ritiene – negli anni sessanta con la costruzione dello Swiss Centre. Tutt’altro. La nascita del centro svizzero, nel frattempo demolito, Ŕ stata l’ultima manifestazione di una relazione che affonda le proprie radici ai primi del Settecento. In quel periodo la presenza elvetica cresce da pochi individui e famiglie ad una comunitÓ talmente numerosa da venir notata alla fine dell‚Ottocento da londinesi quali Charles Dickens.

Peter Barber (n. 1948) Ú ‘Head of Cartographic and Topographic Materials’ alla British Library dove lavora dal 1975. Membro direttivo del London Topographic Society ha curato le esposizioni ‘Switzerland 700’ e ‘A life in a map’ alla British Library.

Il libro Ŕ pubblicato da Edizioni Jannuzzi Smith per Presenza Svizzera, l’Ambasciata svizzzera nel Regno Unito e Svizzera Turismo.

ISBN 978-0-9534038-7-5

See also:
www.bbc.co.uk (News)
www.bbc.co.uk (London)
www.sf.tv (Tagesschau)
www.rsi.ch (TG)
www.freshbusinessthinking.com
Swiss Sketches – Life in London
La Regione Ticino