Exploring SE1 Stories in Walworth
The exhibition is back on the road! ‘Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s‘ will be on display at the Southwark Heritage Centre in Walworth from 1st August to 14th September. At 145-147 Walworth Road, SE17 1RW, open weekdays 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 4pm. UPDATE: run extended to 28th September.
There will also be an opening event for invited guests.
Some further venues are being checked out to host the exhibition, hopefully following on shortly after the above. Update 7th Sept: details to follow very soon.
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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