Memories are our most treasured possessions; our own personal tapestries, filled with bygone moments, times held dear and extraordinary tales. Unfortunately, they rarely see the light of day, preserved in our minds and rarely shared for the fear of being viewed as silly or boring. Memoirs through Murals aims to change that. Working with local schools, children will be encouraged to capture stories about the history of their town in both writing and drawing from their older counterparts; whether it’s a beloved granddad, the lady next door or the lollipop man, enabling all involved to learn, grow and understand Collier Row in a new way. Using these local stories as inspiration we will work with a selection of local and national street artists to create bespoke murals alongside a complimentary booklet and art trail, celebrating the history and stories of Collier Row through the eyes of our residents.
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Why it's a great idea:
In 2015 we started our mission, producing 12 street art murals that now proudly brighten up Romford town centre. An overwhelming response from our community fuelled us to take this even further and extend the canvas into Collier Row. ‘Memoirs through Murals’ is driven by the memories of local people and the history of Collier Row. It will engage the local community in arts and culture and enable our residents to share their memories through intergenerational story telling; fostering a new sense of pride and understanding in the younger generations, whilst also tackling loneliness in the elderly community. Murals will change the perception of Collier Row for both residents and visitors; driving footfall and dwell time within the area, encouraging economic growth, whilst creating an innovative way finding system unique to the town. ‘Memoirs through Murals’ aims to capture the changing face of the town; celebrating our past whilst helping us to build a bright future, together.
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About the space
Collier Row is an area of East London, within the London Borough of Havering. The area is based on a large housing estate built during the 1930s as part of the inter-war London housing expansion, with shopping facilities around a central crossroads. Its name originates from charcoal burners who used to occupy the area.
London Borough of Havering
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