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Orkney House Oral History Project

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Orkney House Oral History Project

Orkney House Oral History Project

Light Project Pro International By Light Project Pro International

This project will celebrate Orkney House's 50th birthday by sharing the historical stories of its diverse residents through a series of short films that will be exhibited locally and online.

Islington Delivery stage

pledged of £21,245

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Orkney House is a concrete tower block on the Bemerton Estate which skirts the Caledonian Road in one of the most disadvantaged and neglected areas of Islington. Built in 1970, Orkney House is celebrating its 50th Birthday this year. Representing 50 years of Islington history, it has seen Britain’s entry and exit from the European Union, ten Prime Ministers, five recessions and the Olympic Games. It has also seen the diversification of the borough reflected through the sixty-five families that live there and their experiences. This project will share and promote the historical stories of Orkney House’s residents with the wider community; residents like Peggy who remembers moving into the building in 1970. These stories will be presented through a series of short oral history films, local community events and online. #OrkneyHouseOralHistoryProject is an inclusive project which welcomes contributions from all that live in Orkney House and volunteers from the wider community.

What we'll deliver:

  • A carefully planned and inclusive oral history project celebrating the experiences of Orkney House residents
  • A series of short oral history films documenting the last 50 years
  • A local screening and community event
  • A dedicated website to exhibit the films

Why it's a great idea:

Too often in tower blocks and streets across the capital people living side by side do not know each other or engage with their local community members and it is a shame that often, it is not until a grave tragedy occurs that people are brought together. This project is intended to allow the residents of Orkney House as well as the local area to come together and celebrate the rich histories of its diverse residents, creating intergenerational learning and knowledge sharing through the process of producing the short oral history films and the exhibition of the films, at local events and via an online resource. Our charity, Light Project Pro International, is based on the first floor of the building and are therefore ideally placed to continue to engage with residents and run the project.

Steps to get it done:

  • First Orkney House resident interview completed
  • Five Orkney House resident interviews completed
  • All filming completed
  • Editing of first oral history film completed
  • All editing completed.
  • Date set for first screening and community event.
  • Website is live

Location Islington

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Islington

How will the money be spent?Total £21,244

Filmmaker and Editor - £7,730 (36%)
Laptop and Relevant Software - £3,119 (15%)
Video Recorder and Tripod - £2,181 (10%)
Volunteer Costs - £1,000 (5%)
Managing and Admin Costs - £950 (4%)
Audio Recorder, Microphone, Boom, Headphones and Cables - £721 (3%)
Two Screening and Community Events - £700 (3%)
Website Design and Hosting - £650 (3%)
Lighting Equipment - £650 (3%)
Stills Camera - £600 (3%)
Other - £2,944 (14%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Filmmaker and Editor
Laptop and Relevant Software
Video Recorder and Tripod
Volunteer Costs
Managing and Admin Costs
Audio Recorder, Microphone, Boom, Headphones and Cables
Two Screening and Community Events
Website Design and Hosting
Lighting Equipment
Stills Camera
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • External Hard Drives and Memory Cards
  • Equipment Bags
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Organising further exhibition of films
  • Developing educational pack for website

Total £21,244

Our Volunteer List

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