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Last week's AJ carried an obituary of Keith Murray, whose partnership with Robert Maguire produced some notable, now listed, buildings - with St Paul's Church, Bow Common (1960), perhaps the best known. The present vicar of St Paul's, Duncan Ross, is keen that the church is not just open for services, and so encourages its use for exhibitions - a role which, with its large top-lit central space, the building performs well. St Paul's is open daily until 25 November for the latest show, Mapping our Histories, mounted by local arts organisation Stitches in Time. It presents 14 pictures of Tower Hamlets, Medieval to modern, in the form of textiles made with school and community groups (see picture). Any architects who are looking for an exhibition venue are invited to contact Duncan Ross at St Paul's Vicarage, Leopold St, London E3 4LA (tel 020 7987 4941).

St Paul's had a leaking roof and tiny congregation for a while (not any more) but it hasn't needed the lobbying of SAVE Britain's Heritage to get a new lease of life. Over the past three decades, though, many buildings have done - as a new exhibition at the V&A, SAVE Britain's Heritage 1975-2005: 30 Years of Campaigning, makes clear. Largely through photographs, it tracks SAVE's rescue attempts and systematic surveys of endangered buildings - pubs, hospitals, mills and markets, not just the country houses whose destruction was highlighted in the 1974 V&A exhibition that led to SAVE's foundation. A shame that the show is crammed into little more than a corridor at the V&A; this space for temporary architecture exhibitions, adjacent to the permanent display, seems like an afterthought.

The SAVE show concludes with a large aerial image of the Northern terraced houses threatened by John Prescott's Pathfinder scheme, but to dispel thoughts that SAVE is essentially 'fogeyish' there's also a photograph of Norman Foster's Renault Centre in Swindon - 'in urgent need of reuse'. I Shot Norman Foster, the Architecture Foundation's latest show at 49 Old St, London EC1, until 20 January, presents Foster's buildings 'unconventionally' through the eyes of six photographers (www. architecturefoundation. org. uk).

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