Waltham Forest used to be one of the epicentres of Rock’n’Roll in London in the 1970s and has a direct connection to the historic Teddy Boy march on the BBC in May 1976. The borough was full of pubs who played Rock’n’Roll and hosted live bands. You used to be able to go out every night of the week and have a rockin’ time. Sadly, times have changed. And not only have almost all of the rockin’ pubs gone from the borough, either closed, knocked down or converted to flats, it’s now hard to even find a proper Rock’n’Roll club. With this in mind, the Rock’n’Roll Archive was born over a night out at one of the remaining (if not the only) Rock’n’Roll clubs in the borough – The Chicken Shack. Why not record the history of Rock’n’Roll in the borough? We can teach those who live locally about a different aspect of the history of the borough, a different cultural history. Through the music, how we made our own clothes and the dancing.
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Why it's a great idea:
Rock’n’Roll is a hidden part of Waltham Forest’s history, a part that needs to be told and recorded. The exhibition will not only be there for those 'who were there' but will mean that the stories live on. It will give those who love the music and are proud to call themselves rockers or teddy boys or rockabilly a chance to tell their version of events. It’ll provide a different social history of the borough from a different heritage and community group who are not so well represented & will engage all ages and local groups through its diversity. By connecting with local schools and community groups we can pass on knowledge & empower others to develop skills & learn local history to be proud of.
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About the space
London Borough of Waltham Forest