Arts and education charity digital:works is working with Falconbrook Primary School, Wandsworth Heritage Service and local people to uncover the history and stories from the estate. We have been exploring this history from the perspective of the people who have been living on the estate, whether they are from families who have lived in Battersea for generations, or have moved in more recently.
Year 6 children from Falconbrook Primary School worked with Emma Anthony, archivist from Wandsworth Heritage Service, and a local historian to explore the history of the area, what was there before and why it was built.
After these workshops and activities the children worked with digital:works to understand oral history techniques and recording. They then developed interview questions which allowed them to conduct and record oral history interviews with current and former residents.
These interviews have been edited and combined with archive and personal photos as well as archive footage to make a unique and fascinating educational documentary film starring local people which will be launched in the area very soon and will then be available to watch on this website.
The children have also produced creative and historical written work inspired by the people they have met and their research on project.
The film will be premiered in the local area hosted by the children and with an audience of local people, historians and the public.
The film, writing and artwork will also be on display on this website.
The film will be produced as a DVD which will be given to all those involved with the project as a big thank you.
The full unedited interviews will be given to Wandsworth Heritage Service for their archive. Emma Anthony will be supporting the project with talks and resources.
Wandsworth Heritage Service will be supporting the project through workshops and providing access to historical resources’. For more information or for schools wishing to work with Wandsworth Heritage Service please visit their website by clicking here..
This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Battersea Power Station Foundation.
In total 21 interviews were conducted with local people. Nineteen of these are available to listen to right now on the interview page.
The film is currently being edited and will be launched at a local venue very soon so watch this space. After the launch the film will be shown at other venues locally and will also be available to watch on this website.
The Winstanley and York Road estates form a rectangle behind Clapham Junction Railway Station in Battersea, South London. Locals all call it "The Winstanley". They were built post war in a vast municipal re-building plan that swept away the "slum" and bomb damaged housing, as well as much of the industry that had characterised this part of London for 100 years. Forming a contiguous housing development the developments were built between 1956 and 1972. Many of those who had lived in the area for generations were re-housed on the estate and new communities moved in, particularly from the 1960s reflecting immigration into London.
This project will focus on the experiences of those moving on to the estate, the area before the estates were
built, bringing up children, fighting for improvements to housing - that in some cases was badly built and poorly
designed, but also was a big improvement on their previous housing. More recent arrivals came to live on
the estate as their first home in London from the Caribbean and Indian sub-continent and, more recently, from
Somalia. It will focus on their daily lives and how they changed as the estate gradually expanded and became
"notorious" in some quarters for crime, alienation and anti-social behaviour. As such, this project will star local people speaking about their own experiences and history. The area is set for another huge change with the regeneration project planned making this a crucial time to record the history of those living there.
Call Matthew Rosenberg on:
Tel: 07949 107023