We want 'a space for us': in a place where social reform and radical thinking took root - huge ideas of social justice that changed lives.
In the spirit of the pioneers of the innovative slum clearance that took place here, in their mottos: "Housing is not enough" and Art in Everyday life" we want to build a museum to honour their legacy, of the 100 years of social housing, to tell the stories: the cohesive working class communities: midwives, landladies, to the first Pearly King. And space for stories of earlier radical thinkers who changed lives: for this was home to Wollstonecraft & Godwin; Unity theatre; and Garrett Anderson's women's hospital.
With so much at risk from the huge developments facing this area, we need to preserve the character of this unique patch of London, for where else a priest running a pub and mum's clubs running pantomimes?
We need 'a space for us' so all the communities in a deprived area benefit, and the stories not forgotten.
Help us bring this to life!
What we'll deliver:
- Secure premises for future "museum"
- Interactive multimedia display: films, hear voices of working class memories
- Outdoor installation (Lockdown)
- Secure premises
- Co-curated exhibition with school/ online
- Youth project to design an exhibition
- Guided walks
Why it's a great idea:
Preserve the character of this corner of London with huge stories to tell: from radical ideas about women's education and medicine, communal living, theatre, and social housing.
Benefit a deprived working class area through this social enterprise - we will reinvest all profits and employ and train local young people.
We will preserve art in every day life Gilbert Bayes - working class art which has gone 'missing'.
We want to honour and preserve the community's memory, honour local people with access to their own history: and help a social history of a unique area of London which is at risk of change from rapid development.
Steps to get it done:
- An outdoor exhibition
- Secure premises for museum (out of lockdown)
- Obtain funding for an interactive display
- Complete research for permanent exhibition
- Complete exhibition design
- Complete artwork commission
- Complete Design of co-curated children's exhibition
- Complete installation / exhibition
- Set up project for youth to design exhibition
We've researched, recorded memories, published, and made a film - and now we're ready to create a "space for us". There is a rare opportunity right now; a perfectly located space within a listed social housing estate is sitting vacant; an echo of a museum in its sister estate in Vienna.
A museum about social reform in an area of social housing is apposite - our own people's museum.