Exhibition now north of the river!

    • Chance to view in London N1

      NEWSFLASH! We’ve managed to arrange public ‘out of hours’ access to the Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s – Community Action in a London Neighbourhood exhibition while it is on display to students of The London School of Architecture, until Thursday 3rd November.

      Open to the public by appointment only – book the day before your visit.

      Weekdays: 6 pm to 8:30 pm; Weekends: Saturday 11 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday Closed. At 6 Orsman Road, London, N1 5RA.

      Text Fabrice: 07770 591804 to book.

      Quiz the team

      Informal seminar at LSA on Tuesday evening, November 1st – 6pm for 6:30pm, 7.30 finish.

      In the London School of Architecture space, first floor, 6 Orsman Road, London, N1 5RA.

      LSA architecture students will quiz representatives from the SE1 Stories group about community action and community photography initiatives in North Southwark and Waterloo in the 1970s, and discuss how relevant the issues they addressed and the methods they used are today.


      Members of the public can attend by booking at least one day in advance – text Fabrice 07770 591804.

SE1 Stories – a record of community struggles

Telling the story of an extraordinary period of community action in the 1970s and 1980s in Blackfriars, Waterloo and North Southwark, along London’s south bank.

For many it was a fight for survival as businesses moved out and developers eyed up land for office development, leaving isolated communities struggling to maintain their way of life, coping with run-down housing and threats to facilities such as chemists and laundrettes. Very much the same pressures are re-emerging now – and there is the same need for community action.


Intrepid photographers captured a lot of the activity, which was then published in SE1’s own community newspaper. Many of the photographs are now held in private and public collections, particularly council local history archives, perhaps you know of others hidden elsewhere.

The first project based on this material is the exhibition Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s.

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