Black activism in Somers Town in the 1950s

Towering political leaders and characters passed through No. 22 Cranleigh Street. Last week’s talk on George Padmore was fascinating – a conversation between academic and author of a book about Padmore, Leslie James, and Professor Esther Leslie. It seems Camden and Somers Town was a hotbed of radical politics and planning for African independence. The… Continue reading Black activism in Somers Town in the 1950s

Somers Town memory project

…is ongoing! We have been invited to speak at an oral history event about our work recording local memory. If you wish to join, it’s an online event, a ‘lifelong learning’ event at Working Men’s College and is free on Thursday at 6pm. It’ll be a good introduction to oral history. Please follow this link:… Continue reading Somers Town memory project

Somers Town is in the Open House Festival 2020!

Our very own Esther Leslie has an event at Open House Festival called ‘Somers Town: Disappearances and Emergencies‘ – more here Very timely, with 42 Phoenix Road demolition in progress, as shown here, and the hoardings marking the disappearance of our park Brill Place open space for the erection of the 28-storey luxury tower block,… Continue reading Somers Town is in the Open House Festival 2020!

Renaming Cecil Rhodes House

We attended a meeting for residents by Camden Council and presentations on this troubled history, and presented ideas for names. As the TRA prefers not to use people, Esther Leslie researched a number of connections to the area – the most obvious being Fleet, after the subterranean river which used to run in front of… Continue reading Renaming Cecil Rhodes House

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Winner of competition!

A wonderful drawing of everyday life – the winner of our artineverydaylifest competition is … Aizah of Edith Neville school. We would like to congratulate all entrants for their lovely work below. The judges decided unanimously that this drawing captured the essence of our theme ‘art in everyday life’ – a drawing of school and… Continue reading Winner of competition!

Bayes as luxury? Somers Town reaches American art audiences

Gilbert Bayes reaches new audiences as Esther leslie writes for a US art journal on the Bayes’ clock in response to the question: What role have objects, that have long been deemed as “superfluous”, played in shaping and negotiating our political, social, and economic needs, wants, and desires, both past and present?  In British Art… Continue reading Bayes as luxury? Somers Town reaches American art audiences

Competition – win £50 ends soon!

Our #artineverydaylifest competition ends soon DEADLINE JULY 1st. Win £50 – just send in an example of art or a photo – under 19s only. HOW TO ENTER POST WITH TAG #artineverydaylifest somerstownhistory@gmail.comOR:Instagram: somerstownhistoryspacehttps://twitter.com/HistoryTown Check out our NEW children’s book for ideas – available here.Tales of St Pancras Children’s activity book