What was life like in Kilburn Queens Park and Kensal before the 1960s? We want to hear from those who have lived in our area in those days or who know people who have lived here.
We will be gathering your stories so that the younger generation and the community at large can learn from your local knowledge of the past.
Location: Kilburn, Queen's Park, Kensal, Willesden, Harlesden
Latest Activity: Jul 30, 2016
The project became formally known as Old Stories for New Times and attracted a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. It has finished a successful 3 month run as an exhibition with the Brent Museum where we showcased 14 story panels of those who contributed their memories to the public archives on living more simply and sustainably in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
As well as the exhibition there were a selection of old objects to conjure up life in those days, and examples of modern day making do with up-cycled furniture and handmade rugs.
We had a rich program of 7 community events over the time which proved popular - including a Re-Start Party, story-telling groups, a festive craft afternoon for families - and a smashing opening event of 80 people and a signnificant closing event with Rob Hopkins co-founder of Transition Town as the guest speaker.
We engaged many people and groups over the two years in which this project developed. The work continues in finding ways to share the stories and the exhibition material is available to borrow by community groups and schools.
Also - Keep your eye on these pages for further ways we are sharing the Old Stories for New Times: inspiration for living sustainably.
Dear allChatting with Alex who promotes and organises Re-Start parties today we grew this proposal that they put one on at the Cultural Centre during the 3 months of the exhibition as one of our…Continue
Started by Carol Low. Last reply by Michael Stuart May 1, 2015.
Dear alldo have a look at the great photos in the general TT K2K photos section of this website. they are by Layla Auer and are of the recent workshop training people to do oral history work. this…Continue
Started by Carol Low Mar 18, 2015.
Great idea. How about putting together a collection of old photographs of the area too?
Started by Mark. Last reply by Carol Low Oct 16, 2014.
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I have created an album of some images from our great photographers of the project in its different stages. Thanks to Mark, Natasa, Amandine, Layla for the photos. Check it out as a slideshow on this website under Photos & Videos - All Albums - Old Stories for New Times with a Dig for Victory poster as the lead image. And do pass on too...
Have a look at the truly excellent photos by Mark Tamer, one of our project photographers, documenting the recent gathering of elders who have shared their memories of living sustainably.
Welcome Farhan to the group! And thanks for all the volunteering on our organisational stuff too.
Thank you Nick Hartley! Be glad if you let us know when Michael is back in the country in April.
I mentioned that I'm in touch with Michael Stewart, who was born in the front room (!) of my house in Hopefield Avenue in the 50s. He knows a lot about growing up in the area and has agreed to meet here and talk about it. I will suggest your being present Carol, and we can record what he has to say. He's in Australia at the moment, back in April I think.
Hello Nilufer! and welcome to Honouring our Elders! I look forward to chatting with you about this project ... we have a great deal of interest in it and are currently seeking people who have lived in this area from the 60's and earlier who you know and who may be willling to tell their stories.... Also interested in those who have been involved in allotments in the K2K area specifically.... best wishes Carol
That would be wonderful Mark! Any suggestions of where to start?
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