Perhaps my most extraordinary visit during Open House was to Sands Films in Rotherhithe. The building is very interesting: an eighteenth-century warehouse built using ships' timbers. However, the contents are unique. Sands Films are a production company, costumier and film studio; they also open their Rotherhithe Picture Research Library to the public.
While similar buildings have been converted to luxury flats, Sands Films have purchased their premises thanks to an Enterprise Investment Scheme share offer (shares are still available). That means this quirky, fascinating business, with its cinema club and picture library, is more firmly settled than ever.