Thousands of people come through the doors of Rudolf Steiner House every year. Some come to take part in the anthroposophically inspired seminars, conferences and events that are on offer. Others come to the bookshop for a warm welcome by our knowledgeable staff and others come to peruse the library and archive, using the study space for research. Still others come to see exhibitions and experience the unique ambience and organic architecture. All are welcome.
At Rudolf Steiner House you can find a spiritually oriented programme of events including:
In addition our 220 person theatre with its renowned acoustics is available for hire, as are our six additional rooms of varying sizes.
Volunteers are invaluable to Rudolf Steiner House as they enable us to do work that would not otherwise be possible, and often contribute significant specialist capacities and knowledge. We welcome the contribution made by volunteers, and are committed to encouraging more volunteering where possible. RSH has a wide range of exciting opportunities for volunteers, offering great benefits to those who do.
Possible roles for volunteers at the moment include:
If you are interested in becoming at volunteer at Rudolf Steiner House, then please contact Simon Reakes, Cultural Director, in the first instance.
Rudolf Steiner House is the cultural home of The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain (see ASGB below) which was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1923/4.
Born in Austria, Steiner (1861 - 1925) was a visionary philosopher, lecturer, artist, social reformer, and architect. His initial, fundamental work was philosophically focussed on the reconciliation of science and spirituality. Steiner termed his philosophy ‘spiritual science,’ or ‘anthroposophy,’ the latter meaning wisdom of the human being. Through the development of his holistic and integrative way of looking at the human being and the world, Steiner innovated in a multitude of practical disciplines and fields of work, including education, agriculture, medicine, social care, economics, and the arts.
The activities of Rudolf Steiner House fall within three distinct, but overlapping, domains:
Spirituality > the self
inner development of the self; enhancing consciousness of our humanity and relating to the world
Culture > in collaboration
ethical individualism; bringing the spiritual into social forms; collaborative activities and social expression
Practical & professional life > with responsibility to the world
work in the fields of medicine; pedagogy; agriculture; natural sciences; social sciences; arts and humanities
"An association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world." - Rudolf Steiner
The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain (ASinGB) exists to:
It does this through:
Rudolf Steiner House was built between 1926 and 1937 and designed by the architect Montague Wheeler (1874-1937). Wheeler was a partner in the well established practice of Hoare and Wheeler and was a member of the Board of Architectural Education from 1934-7. He was also an active member of the Anthroposophical Society and chairman of the British branch from 1935-7. The house was built as the ‘home’ of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain.
As its name implies the building takes its inspiration from the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and in particular from the first Goetheanum building at Dornach, Switzerland (1914) which was built of timber and sadly destroyed by fire at Christmas 1922. Its replacement, which is still standing, is built of concrete and whilst different in form, shares the same inspiration. (Corbusier visited the building during its construction and ‘stood speechless as he surveyed the vast immanence’.)
The house is the first and only example of ‘expressionist’ architecture in London: the main staircase with its flowing forms and feeling of movement and metamorphosis, is a fine example of this style. The House was built in stages, starting with the theatre and the first floor room behind it, with other rooms being added later. The building was listed (Grade 2) in 1991.
Feel free to visit the House and take in its unique ambience.