• ABouT The book

    The personal record of the author’s journey to record the restoration of this iconic and much-loved site.

    From October 2016 through to the re-opening this year some 200 photos were taken each month.

  • TIme line

    2016 November

    Initial scouting for photo competition


    2017 April

    End of Enabling Works

    2017 May

    Start of Construction Phase

    2018 August

    Official handback of site

    2018 September 1

    BBC Prom

    2018 September 3

    Book announcement

    2018 December 1

    Opening night

    2018 December 3

    Book launch

    2019 September 25

    Final episode of this new Sky Arts series is all about the restoration of Alexandra Palace and I’m very proud to say includes a 2:30 feature on my photographic record.

    2019 September 25

    Three years ago I thought I was about to embark on a one off visit to take candidate shots for the CIOB photography competition.


    Two years later I thought my involvement had reached a peak with the release of the book.


    A year on again and my work is being featured in a Sky Arts series.

    2019 December 01

    A year on from the reopening I thought it about time to think about a second edition of the book.


    I admit the first edition although hopefully of amazing quality was expensive - and a big thank you to the many that still purchased copies.


    A few people fed back that the smaller photos were a bit small.


    There was little coverage of the Historic BBC Studios.


    And of course only covered events up to the week prior to the opening.


    The new volume will be A4 soft back magazine style - still quality reproduction but hopefully coming in around £25 even though it will have roughly 1/3 as many new pages.


    And to redress the balance with detailed coverage of the BBC Studios - the virtual reality content has been ramped up with the inclusion of a fully renders VR model of the first floor studios and galleries.


    I’ll pass on further details over the next few weeks.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, images, updates...

    15 décembre 2018
    Originally, I had planned to make the first edition of the book available through Amazon as well as Blurb.   However, it appears the Amazon listing would only have been via their .COM site and in order to do that I would needed to standardise the price of the book to take into account their 15%...
    30 novembre 2018
    A couple of days ahead of schedule - but I've checked my copies so have decided to make it available to order:   www.blurb.co.uk/b/9098042-restoration   According to the publishers you have until December 12 to place orders for delivery by Christmas
    26 novembre 2018
    As part of a special show to celebrate the post-restoration re-opening of The East Wing of Alexandra Palace - I will be talking about my book at around 10:15.
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  • The author

    Keith Armstrong


    Business Intelligence



    History of Television

    Science Fiction


    Born: Sunderland

    Lives: Borehamwood

  • reach out

    If you have questions regarding the book, the author or the restoration

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