Somers Town Space is a Community Interest Company, developing a People’s Museum.
Our narrative is clear: this patch links Wollstonecraft to Jellicoe, priests in pubs to drinkers in prams; Shelley to Sainsbury, urban romantics to social reformers.
We have a vision: a space for a permanent People’s Museum in Somers Town St Pancras not only to honour and celebrate this history but also to benefit the local community as a social enterprise and through education.
Our origins and ethos
Our origins are in the Somers Town History Club (STHC) set up in 2016 by seven locals.
‘Capturing Somers Town Stories… by locals for locals…’ That bit is crucial.
This is our guiding spirit – we believe in local ownership of the Museum
We exist to benefit the community and we’re all from this area as activists in this community for over 20 years.
We believe in community-led grounds up initiative- that’s why we’re currently co-curating the Museum with the community.
A living memory project – preserving heritage and voice
The Somers Town Memory Project, documents the area in film and voice: this oral history work is ongoing in an area riven by change. The Spirit! film came from this work. We’ve also compiled 4 Spirit! publications, outdoor displays, ‘Pop Up Museums‘ including the 2019 British Library. In August 2020 we toured estates with Pop up as part of a community co-curation of the People’s Museum. Have a look at all our projects.
We campaign to preserve local heritage, such as Gilbert Bayes work – Save our art! and have got a local female housing pioneer shortlisted for a Blue Plaque.
Our roots are as a social club, holding talks, walks and photo and art competitions – events are always free to locals. We always contribute a show to the Somers Town Festival – START’s founder is a Director.
In lockdown we have put up our content as outdoor displays, donated children’s activity books to food bank, have uploaded online education for primary school in lockdown for Edith Neville School; we designed and facilitated out a week’s online Work Experience with 54 secondary school pupils online. We are unpaid volunteers and have drawn together a network of experts, academics, historians and local enthusiasts.
We’re developing a People’s Museum with community!
Help us create the People’s Museum Somers Town!
for all the Radicals, reformers and rebels‘
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Who are we?
Find out more.
We have set up an Advisory Board for the Somers Town Space Community Interest Company.
Our Research Board includes Malcolm Holmes and Professor Linda Clarke and Joe Kerr.
Core committee Members
- Diana Foster – Director
- Stephen Denholm – Director
- Esther Leslie – Academic Lead (Birkbeck, University of London)
- Alan Stephens (TA Origin)
- Brendan McLoughlin
- Siobhan Bradshaw
- Steve McCarthy (guide)
We have been supported by Heritage Lottery, Culture Seeds and Camden Giving, The Francis Crick Institute and START (Somers Town Arts)
Councillor Roger Robinson added his support in 2016 as a patron:
“I am very grateful as one of the councillors for St Pancras & Somers Town for the establishment of the Somers Town History Club. Those of us who either live in Somers Town or work there know of some of the history of the area but there is so much more to know and appreciate. The History Club will be a great venue for all to meet and hear about our beloved history especially as we are still working towards setting up a Somers Town Heritage Centre/Museum. I want to warmly thank Diana Foster for setting up the Club. See you there?”
Somers Town Space Community Interest Company set up 2019.