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In Living Memory

Throughout 2022, local people from the borough’s diverse communities will come together to tell a striking new story of Lewisham’s recent past in their own words. Oral histories will be brought to life and transform public spaces across the borough throughout the year, as well as populate a new digital museum of Lewisham Life.

Seven core projects will make up this story and help transform how we think about Lewisham’s history:

  • Pioneers and Protests
    The powerful legacy of the 1981 Black People’s Day of Action, led by IRIE! dance theatre.
  • Lewisham Under Water: Remembering Lewisham’s 1968 Floods
    Connecting an event over 50 years ago with the current climate emergency.
  • Tomorrow is Built Today
    The untold story of Lewisham’s pioneering black-led self-build movement.
  • Where To, Now That the Sequins Have Gone?
    Uncovering the history of Lewisham’s lost gay venues of the 1970s-90s, and the role of queer spaces.
  • The Story of Social Dancing in Lewisham and Why it Matters Now
    Lewisham’s social dancing scene brought to life through the story of the iconic Rivoli Ballroom.
  • A Caribbean Couturier in Lewisham
    The forgotten textile legacies of Windrush Generation women, told through design collaborations.
  • Birthing Lewisham
    A story of post-war Lewisham: family-making across diaspora, queer and working-class communities.

In Living Memory is presented with Goldsmiths, University of London

In Living Memory Launch Feb 2022

Presented in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, In Living Memory will create a compelling new story of Lewisham’s past told by the borough’s diverse communities in their own words. From February 2022, oral histories will be brought to life by new bold cultural outputs, which will transform the borough’s public spaces throughout the year and populate a new digital museum of Lewisham life.

In Living Memory will launch in late February 2022 with a prologue event responding to the opening chapter of Booker Prize longlisted novel, Light Perpetual, by award-wining author, Francis Spufford, describing a 1944 V2 rocket attack that destroyed shops on New Cross Road.

In Living Memory is presented with Goldsmiths, University of London.