Wilton’s Music Hall, the historical but semi-derelict east London landmark, has been named as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world for 2008 by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). Headquartered in New York with an affiliate in London, WMF is the foremost private, non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural heritage sites across the globe. World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites, issued every two years as a global call to action, is assembled by an international panel of experts.

Built by pub owner John Wilton in 1858, Wilton's is the world's oldest surviving extant music hall, built on the back of a pub. It was closed in the 1880s and later became a Methodist church and then a rag warehouse. Once condemned, the Grade II-listed building was saved by the intervention of Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers and Sir John Betjeman and was, in 2003, a finalist in the BBC series of Restoration (See News, 11 Sep 2003). Though only 40 percent of the Music Hall is safe and in use, it now plays host to a select number of theatrical and musical events each year. The Wilton’s Music Hall Trust has been set up to stabilise the building, at an estimated cost of £4 million.