The SE1 Stories group has built an online walking tour around the locations highlighted in our exhibition “Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s”. These include sites which were fought over in the campaigns to give local people a say over redevelopment plans, and those of the organisations who planned and carried out the campaigns.

One stop of trial walking tour 2nd Dec 2023, speaker Tony Robertson-Jonas

The tour is hosted on the PocketSights app, which can lead you round from one site to another if you are doing a walking tour, or around the sites virtually if you cannot get to North Southwark. Download the app from App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) and search for ‘SE1’ to find the walk, or use this direct link.

To help improve the information on the app we organised a real walk. Thank you to all the SE1 Stories members and to the enthusiastic people who signed up to go round with us in the biting cold. And thank you to Blackfriars Settlement for organising a very welcome lunch for us at the end of the two hour walk. A selection of photographs from this event are on our Instagram feed.

Further thanks for the support provided by Sue Brownill (Oxford Brookes University) and the Spaces of Hope: Peoples’ Plans research project (the Hidden History of Community Led Planning in the UK).