200 volunteering opportunities (hours) created
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.
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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.
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London Borough of Islington