Heritage centre + digital mapping

Spatial map of Somers Town Land Use .

A great Valentine’s day with a resounding show of support for both the idea of a Somers Town Heritage Centre, and to make the area a ‘Conservation area‘ based on its rich mix of social housing – a show of hands at the Neighbourhood Forum was unanimous! With a interesting presentation by Polly Hudson of… Continue reading Heritage centre + digital mapping

History Club at Fair

The banners a quick cuppa, Diana and George.

The Club was busy in February at the Basil Jellicoe Hall, with a stand on the Origin fair on the 15th and our own Sunday afternoon ‘Share you photos’ event on the 18th. Some came from far and wide with photos, memories and reunions made, emotions were stirred…

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What lies beneath … the British Library

An unusual Christmas visit – the Somers Town History Club was taken down to the bowels of the Basement of the British Library. Members of the club and local residents had a guided tour to see just how the staff get orders and send them upstairs to readers. Every book published in English is represented… Continue reading What lies beneath … the British Library

Share photos Sunday

Share your photos on a Sunday afternoon. Do you have photos that capture the community spirit of Somers Town in the past? …of the street parties, festivals, mum’s club, pub pram race, Plot 10 or pub get togethers? Bring your photos of events to show, and also see others’ photos at this informal Sunday event. Photos… Continue reading Share photos Sunday

At Holborn archives with Malcolm Holmes

Mimi finds interesting articles.

The club and members had the fortune to have a guided tour to the archives by ex-archivist Malcolm Holmes, in 2017 revealing much of interest to researching Somers Town, including old newsletters for festivals. We were accompanied by Sue Crockford, filmmaker of the Somers Town film recording the St Pancras Housing Society and slum clearance.… Continue reading At Holborn archives with Malcolm Holmes

Party

Two best dressed winners

The Club Christmas Party on the 20th was a great success with two bands, a retro dance performance with a taster Lindy hop lesson – joined in by all. The story raffle with prizes was won by local Paul Lownes, as well as a best ‘retro’ outfit – won by local Rosanna with prizes to… Continue reading Party

Visit to Archive

Holborn Archive was our destination on a cold November Friday the 17th – and accompanied by none other than Malcolm Holmes, archivist and author of Somers Town and other, and an expert on the St Pancras Housing Society Archive as well as Sue Crockford, whose film Somers Town, best represents the slum clearance and housing… Continue reading Visit to Archive

A Somers Town family story

Last night at the Basil Jellicoe Hall we were captivated by Anne Kauder’s storytelling of her family history in Somers Town. Starting from Irish immigrants, a baby causing the fall and death of ‘saintly’ Father Kelly – it encompassed being split up to workhouses to stability in Stibbington Street, how signing up for the first… Continue reading A Somers Town family story