Art in the Park, based here in Burgess Park, have launched a new project to find out from those old enough to remember, more about some of the places which used to exist in and around the Park, and permanently mark them. They’ve already had some fascinating visits and talks, and have collected some great recordings of local memories.
Check out the project – called A Place to Remember – and see if you can contribute or learn more. Or develop your artistic side and contribute ideas for Markers for these places!
So far they’ve worked on 4 places in the Walworth area – two of which were or still are in the Park – North Camberwell Radical Club and the New Peckham Mosque, formerly St Mark’s church, Camberwell. There’re some fantastic interviews on the website and images to check out.
The Radical Club ran for around 100 years and was on the northern edge of the park near the lake, fronting onto Albany Road. Art in the Park are organising open sessions for people to contribute to the design for a marker for the Radical club on Tuesday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November 2016 from 11-1pm at the Art in the Park studio.
Listen to a SoundArt piece by Jane Higginbottom on the Radical Club, featuring modern sounds from the park, with local peoples’ memories of the club.
Art In the Park are still open to suggestions for other markers in the Park. Do check out the Marking Places page, and contact them to see how you can share ideas and get involved, or come along on Tuesday 17th, 24th, 31st January, 7th, 21st, 28th February 2017 to Waterside Care Home, 40 Sumner Road, SE15.
Suggestions so far include:
- The Cold Storage Depot that used to sit across the Old Kent Road entrance.
- The corner of then Calmington Road and Albany Rd, remembering people killed and injured in the First World War Zeppelin Raid – replacing a previous plaque placed in 1927
- Gilros Sheepskin Factory
- The Bible Factory
- The Foundry
- R Whites factories
- Bus Depot