Online, more photos soon

New look NUJ HQ

THE FREELANCE got an early sneak peek at the newly-refurbished NUJ national HQ in London - Headland House.

George Orwell quote at Headland House; Matt Salusbury

George Orwell quote on Headland House stairwell

Shown above is a quote from NUJ member and author George Orwell, painted on the stairs and adorned with typography symbols. (There are other such stairwell quotes, see the online version of this article for more photos. See here for a glimpse of the newly spruced up NUJ training room.)

Headland House is believed to take its name from the headland - the end of a field where you turned the plough round, a reference to the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorset agricultural labourers and early trade unionists transported to Australia as convicts in 1834 for "administering illegal oaths."

The NUJ's HQ now has a new entrance (not a particularly photogenic one) round the corner from the old Gray's Inn Road entrance, so the address for London NUJ training courses is now 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB (nearest Tube King's Cross.)

While the new NUJ office spaces are fully functioning, the new ground floor café space wasn't completed as we went to press - last time we heard, the floor was taking longer than expected. We anticipate an announcement of its opening shortly, and LFB is keeping its eye on it as a possible space for its 2017 Christmas party (see a report of the 2016 party here.)