Alexandra Palace transformed into food distribution hub during lockdown

Support us and go ad-free

New pictures reveal how Alexandra Palace has been transformed from a huge entertainment venue into a food distribution hub.

The north London venue, which is used for concerts and sports events, is being used to prepare food parcels for residents in the local area who are in need during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Edible London charity, working in partnership with Haringey Council, is using the site to sort the packages of fresh produce and essential supplies.

Coronavirus – Tue Apr 21, 2020
(Victoria Jones/PA)

The Victorian building, known commonly as Ally Pally, has a history of being repurposed in times of crisis.

During the First World War it was requisitioned by the government and used as a refugee camp, complete with a chapel and a hospital, for people fleeing Europe.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

It was also used as an internment camp in 1915.

The venue was used as a refugee camp in the First World War (Google Arts and Culture/Alexandra Palace archives/PA)

Belongings of refugees lying in front of the Alexandra Palace organ (Google Arts and Culture/Alexandra Palace archives/PA)

During the Second World War it was once again used as a refugee camp and also housed a transmitter which was used to jam Luftwaffe navigation systems.

The palace’s organ was damaged during the Blitz when a bomb exploded nearby.

In 1945 a pre-fab village was set up inside the venue’s Great Hall to show councils what housing could be available in the aftermath of the war.

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us