Introducing our local history talks, exhibitions, articles and presentations

Ceremonial burning of models of bugs at the opening of St Christopher’s Flats in Somers Town in 1931

Ceremonial burning of models of bugs at the opening of St Christopher’s Flats in Somers Town in 1931 © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre normally offers a full programme of talks, events and exhibitions relating to Camden history. Due to the current pandemic, however, we are currently only running occasional online events.

We can email you regular information about our forthcoming events if you join our mailing list. If you would like to do so kindly email us at: localstudies@camden.gov.uk

During this difficult period we are also offering some virtual substitutes for our programme in the form of articles and recordings which we hope will sustain your interest in Camden history.

We will add more material as soon as it is available, so please keep visiting these pages.

 

A word from the Archivist, Tudor Allen:

Live events

King’s Cross Bangladeshi Voices
কিংস ক্রস বাংলাদেশী  ভয়েসেস

 

Photograph of Bengali Men's Group
Caption

Bengali Men’s Group © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

 দক্ষিণ এশিয়ান ঐতিহ্যের মাস উপলক্ষে একটি প্রদর্শনী

বাংলাদেশে শিকড় এমন আট নারী-পুরুষের জীবনকে কেন্দ্র করে এই প্রদর্শনী ।এই প্রদর্শনী মৌখিক ইতিহাসের রেকর্ডিংয়ের উপর ভিত্তি করে তৈরি এবং ইহা কিংস ক্রস ভয়েসের অংশ । ইহা একটি মৌখিক ইতিহাস প্রকল্প যাহা ২০০৪-২০০৮ সময়কালে প্রতিষ্ঠিত এবং হেরিটেজ লটারি, ক্যামডেন এবং ইসলিংটন বারা দ্বারা তৈরি এবং তাদের অর্থায়নে পরিচালিত ।এটি প্রথম প্রদর্শিত হয়েছিল ২০০৯ সালে এবং ইহা ক্যামডেন লোকাল স্টাডিজ অ্যান্ড আর্কাইভস সেন্টার দ্বারা সংগৃহীত। সদস্যরা  ইংরেজি এবং বাংলা উভয় ভাষায় রয়েছেন ।
তারিখঃ
২৬ শে জুলাই ২০২২ - ১৬ই আগস্ট ২০২২
(সোমবার ১০-৬, মঙ্গলবার ১০-৬, বৃহস্পতিবার ১০-৭, শুক্রবার ১০-৫,শনিবার ৩০শে জুলাই এবং শনিবার ১৩ই আগস্ট ১১-৫)
স্থানঃ
ক্যামডেন লোকাল স্টাডিজ অ্যান্ড আর্কাইভস সেন্টার,
২য় তলা, হলবর্ন লাইব্রেরি, ৩২-৩৮ থিওবাল্ডস রোড
লন্ডন WC1X 8PA
প্রবেশ সবার জন্য ফ্রিঃ  

 

King’s Cross Bangladeshi Voices

An Exhibition for South Asian Heritage Month

Photograph of Bengali Men's Group
Caption

Bengali Men’s Group © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Focusing on the lives of eight men and women with roots in Bangladesh, this
exhibition draws on oral history recordings made as part of King’s Cross 
Voices, an oral history project created and funded by the Heritage Lottery
Fund and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington during 2004-2008.
Curated by Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, it was first exhibited 
in 2009. The panels are in both English and Bengali.

26th July 2022 – 16th August 2022
(Monday 10-6, Tuesday 10-6, Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-5, 
Saturday 30th July and Saturday 13th August 11-5)

At Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
2nd Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA

Admission Free
 

Sound clips and talks

Black Teacher – The Story of Beryl Gilroy

Darla Jane Gilroy, tells the story of her mother, Beryl Gilroy, pioneering 
teacher, writer, psychotherapist and Camden’s first black headteacher, drawing on her unique memoir, “Black Teacher”. Darla Jane Gilroy is Associate Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Reader in Fashion Enterprise at Central Saint Martins UAL. This is a recording of a talk given for Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre on 19th April 2022.

Black Teacher (© Darla Gilroy)  - running time 38 minutes

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Venerable Mother Magdalen, A Pioneering Nurse and Religious Sister in Camden

Part one – Paul Shaw, SMG Central Congregational Archivist, talks about Mother Magdalen, the culture of Tractarianism, and the growth of Anglican Religious Sisterhoods in Victorian Camden.

Venerable Mother Magdalen Part 1 (© Poor Servants of the Mother of God) – running time 23 minutes

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Part two – Paul Shaw, SMG Central Congregational Archivist, talks about Mother Magdalen, the founding of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, and the work of the SMG Sisters in Camden.

Venerable Mother Magdalen Part 2 (© Poor Servants of the Mother of God) – running time 25 minutes

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Rabindranath Tagore – A Poet of the World in Camden

The Tagore Centre UK celebrate the Bengali literary giant Rabindranath Tagore  with readings from his works, recitals of his songs, and talks about his life, including his time living in the Vale of Health, Camden. Poet, novelist,composer, singer, philosopher and educationalist, he became in 1913 the first non-European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

A poet of the world in Camden (©The Tagore Centre UK) - running time 1 hour

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From St Pancras to Melbourne

Kevin Brown, author of Passage to the World: the Emigrant Experience 1807-1940, talks about  St Pancras teenager Joseph Sam’s 1874 voyage to Melbourne on the Northumberland and his diary of his travels, revealing a microcosm of snobbery and class distinction as perceived by this clerk.

From St Pancras to Melbourne (©Kevin Brown) - running time 16 minutes

The Foundling Hospital and Camden High School for Girls

Jane King, Guide/Lecturer for the Foundling Museum talks about the connections between the Foundling Hospital and the Camden High School for Girls

The Foundling Hospital and Camden High School for Girls (© Jane King) - running time 12 minutes.

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Commonwealth Naval Hospitals – Ely House and the Savoy Hospital

Kevin Brown, medical and naval historian, talks about the use of Ely House in Holborn as a naval hospital from 1653 to 1660 as well as the similar use of the Savoy Hospital in Westminster.

Commonwealth Naval Hospitals (©Kevin Brown) - running time 24 minutes.

Endell Street Hospital

Kevin Brown, author of Fighting Fit: Health, Medicine  and  War in the Twentieth Century, talks about the Endell Street Hospital, the military hospital in Holborn run by women in World War One.

Endell Street Hospital (©Kevin Brown) - running time 20 minutes.

Health in the Blitz

Kevin Brown, author of Fighting Fit: Health, Medicine  and  War in the Twentieth Century, talks about how the people of Camden stayed healthy during the London Blitz that started 80 years ago in September 1940. He gave a talk on a similar subject at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre in 2009 marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the war

Health in the Blitz (©Kevin Brown) - running time 19 minutes.

Holborn Warships Week

Kevin Brown, author of Fittest of the Fit: Health and Morale in the Royal Navy 1939-1945, is a very familiar speaker at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.  The Centre’s collections include newspaper articles and photos from the Holborn Warships Week in 1942.. 

Holborn Warships Week 1942 (©Kevin Brown) – running time four minutes.  

The Hampstead Workhouse

Tudor Allen, Archivist at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, talks about the Hampstead Workhouse Account Book 1734-39, one of the items in the collections of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.

The Hampstead Workhouse Account Book 1734-39 (© Tudor Allen) - running time seven minutes.

Great Ormond Street – Its Early History

Alec Forshaw, author of “An Address in Bloomsbury” tells the early history of Great Ormond Street. 

Great Ormond Street - Just Half the Story (© Alec Forshaw) - running time 14 minutes.

Great Ormond Street – Radical Reform in the 19th Century

Alec Forshaw, author of “An Address in Bloomsbury”, tells the history of Great Ormond Street in the 19th century 

Great Ormond Street - Radical Reform in the 19th Century (© Alec Forshaw) - running time 16 minutes

Great Ormond Street – 1900-1939

Alec Forshaw, author of “An Address in Bloomsbury”, tells the history of Great Ormond Street from 1900 to 1939

Great Ormond Street – 1900-1939 (© Alec Forshaw) - running time 15 minutes

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Interview with Tudor Allen about Camden's literary connections

Interviewed by Nick Hennegan on Resonance Radio in 2015, Tudor talks about Camden’s literary connections.

Literary London.  Resonance Radio, 27 March 2015 - running time one hour.

Dickens and Camden

Archivist Tudor Allen talks about the many connections between the novelist Charles Dickens and the area today known as the London Borough of Camden. 

Dickens and Camden (©Tudor Allen) - running time 14 minutes.

The Arandora Star Tragedy


In the 80th anniversary year of the tragic event, Kevin Brown, author of Passage to the World: The Emigrant Experience 1807-1940, explores the history of the sinking of the Arandora Star, a ship taking Italian and German internees to Canada, sunk by a German U-boat in July 1940 with huge loss of life, an incident which greatly impacted on Holborn’s Italian community (©Kevin Brown) - running time 19 minutes.

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Video clips and talks

Rabindranath Tagore – A Poet of the World in Camden

Picture of Tagore

The Tagore Centre UK celebrate the Bengali literary giant Rabindranath Tagore  with readings from his works, recitals of his songs, and talks about his life, including his time living in the Vale of Health, Camden. Poet, novelist, composer, singer, philosopher and educationalist, he became in 1913 the first non-European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

©The Tagore Centre UK- running time 1 hour

Caught Between Two Worlds - London's Italian Community between the World Wars

Image of Procession

The Procession of the Madonna of Mont Carmel, Clerkenwell Road 1933 © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Drawing on the memoirs and archives of two remarkable women, this illustrated talk with readings explores London’s Italian quarter, based in Holborn and Clerkenwell, in the 1920s and 1930s. It examines the impact of the warring ideologies of fascists and leftwing factions on individual lives during this turbulent period.The speakers and performers are Melanie Hughes, actress and author of “War Changes Everything” and Nadia Ostachini, actress and artistic director and producer of Tricolore Theatre Company. This is a recording of an event  given for Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre on 21st September 2021

Caught Between Two Worlds (© Melanie Hughes) - running time 52 minutes

Black Teacher – The Story of Beryl Gilroy

Picture of Beryl Gilroy

© The estate of Beryl Gilroy

Darla Jane Gilroy, tells the story of her mother, Beryl Gilroy, pioneering teacher, writer, psychotherapist and Camden’s first black headteacher, drawing on her unique memoir, “Black Teacher”. Darla Jane Gilroy is Associate Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Reader     in Fashion Enterprise at Central Saint Martins UAL. This is a recording of a talk given for Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre on 19th April 2022.

Black Teacher (© Darla Gilroy)  - running time 38 minutes

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Modern Library Milestone – the History of Holborn Library

image of Holborn Library

(© Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)

An illustrated talk by Tudor Allen on the history of Holborn Library which, when it opened in 1960, was acclaimed for its design and its range of facilities (© Tudor Allen/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) – running time 31 minutes

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VE Day – A Film

A film on Victory in Europe day marking its75th anniversary made by Digital Drama (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund).  The film was created as part of a reminiscence project which Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre partnered. (© Digital Drama) - running time six minutes.

Mazzini and Camden

An illustrated talk by Andrea Del Cornò on the connections between the great Italian patriot, Giuseppe Mazzini, key figure in Italian Unification, and the area today known as London  Borough of Camden.  Andrea is Italian Specialist at the London Library and writes and lectures on aspects of Italian political history (© Andrea Del Cornò) – running time 9 minutes

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Gray’s Inn

An illustrated talk by Derek Lavery on the history of Gray’s Inn, Holborn.  Derek is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster School of Law and a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide  (© Derek Lavery) – running time 18 minutes

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The National Hospital, Queen Square in Ten Objects

An illustrated talk on the history of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery by Sarah Lawson, Head of Queen Square Library (© Queen Square Archives) - running time 10 minutes.

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St Pancras Old Church

An illustrated talk by Dr Ellie Pridgeon exploring the significance of one of Camden’s key medieval buildings, St Pancras Old Church. Dr Pridgeon is a consultant archivist and lecturer on the history of art and architecture (© Ellie Pridgeon) – running time 16 minutes

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Memories of Bedford Theatre, Camden Town

A film by Danny Nissim exploring the history of the Bedford Theatre in Camden High Street with memories of people who were there (©Danny Nissim) – running time 21 minutes.

Camden’s Hidden Railway Heritage

An illustrated talk on Camden’s hidden railway heritage by Peter Darley, founder and director of Camden Railway Heritage Trust (© Peter Darley) - running time 19 minutes.

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Camden Place Names

An illustrated talk by Tudor Allen on the main place names of Camden and what they tell us about the borough's history (© Tudor Allen/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) – running time 9 minutes

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Memories of Kings Cross

Interviews with people about their memories of King’s Cross made by the King’s Cross Voices team 

From Trinidad to King's Cross

Norma Ashe-Watt who emigrated from Trinidad to the UK in 1960 shares her memories in this 2006 interview from our archives. Norma worked for British Railways in their offices in the former Midland Grand Hotel on Euston Road and helped set up the Keskidee in King’s Cross, considered to be the first community and cultural centre for the black community in the UK. Also present in this recording is her friend, Carl Brewster. The interviewer is Alan Dein. (© King's Cross Voices/ Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time 2 hours 15 minutes

The Camden Town Hall site and the Liquorice Factory

Charles Chilton and Jacqueline Stillman remember the Camden Town Hall site and the liquorice factory (© King's  Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time three minutes.

The Boot Pub, Cromer Street

Thelma Dowsett, Packie Hughes and Jean Moakes remember the Boot Pub, Cromer Street  (© King's Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time two minutes.

A World War Two Landmine in Cromer Street

Jessica Mackenzie remembers a World War Two landmine in Cromer Street (© King's Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time two minutes.

First Day at Work at King's Cross Station

Reg Hopkins remembers his first day at work at King's Cross Station in the 1950s (© King's Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time one minute. 

Pasts Unearthed – Life in the Railway Lands – Part One

Memories of life in the railway lands area around King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations (originally created for an exhibition celebrating the opening of St Pancras International in 2007) with contributions from (in order of appearance) Charles Chilton, Mary Britton, Charles Chilton, George Case, Mary Britton, Charles Chilton, George Case, Helen Elster-Jones, Jack Capper, Paul Snushell (interviewers – Alan Dein and Leslie McCartney, sound designer – John Calver) (© King’s Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) - running time ten minutes

Pasts Unearthed – Life in the Railway Lands – Part Two

Memories of life in the railway lands area around King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations (originally created for an exhibition celebrating the opening of St Pancras International in 2007) with contributions from (in order of appearance) Cy Kirkman, Jeana, Cy Kirkman, Reg Hopkins, Charles Chilton, Billy Osborne, Helen Elster-Jones (interviewers – Alan Dein and Leslie McCartney, sound designer – John Calver) (© King’s Cross Voices/Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)- running time seven minutes

Camden Tour Guide Podcasts

St Pancras Old Church Gardens

Camden Tour Guide Christine Wilkins-Molloy talks to Bonny Astor about the history of St Pancras Old Church Gardens  (© Christine Wilkins-Molloy, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 16 minutes.

St Pancras Hotel

Camden Tour Guide Julie Wright talks to Bonny Astor about the history of the St Pancras Hotel  (© Julie Wright, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 11 minutes.

Two Marys – Mary Ward and Mary Anne Clarke

Description: Camden Tour Guide Alan Fortune talks to Bonny Astor about novelist and social reformer Mary Ward and Mary Anne Clarke, mistress of Frederick Duke of York (© Alan Fortune, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 17 minutes.

Modernist Masterpiece - 2 Willow Road

Description: Camden Tour Guide Geoff Boyd talks to Bonny Astor about 2 Willow Road, the modernist masterpiece by Erno Goldfinger – (© Geoff Boyd, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 21 minutes.

Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson

Camden Tour Guide Sylvia McNamara talks to Bonny Astor about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first Englishwoman to qualify as a doctor (© Sylvia McNamara, CCRadio, Bonny Astor) - running time 31 minutes.

Lincoln’s Inn

Camden Tour Guide David Lloyd talks to Bonny Astor about the history of Lincoln’s Inn (© David Lloyd, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 10 minutes. 

Thomas Coram

Camden Tour Guide Brian Turner talks to Bonny Astor about Captain Thomas Coram, founder of the Foundling Hospital (© Brian Turner, Bonny Astor, CCRadio) - running time 12 minutes.

Making a Dent –The St Pancras Station Clock

Jean Jacyna investigates the history of the St Pancras Station Clock with help from Josie Murray, Senior Heritage Advisor at HS1, Ian and Pam Thompson from Nottingham and the former curator of the British Horological Institute Museum, Viscount Alan Middleton. Produced by Freddy Chick.  (© Jean Jacyna, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time 13 minutes.

The Story of London's First Mosque

Abdul Maalik Tailor investigates the history of London’s first documented mosque, situated in Albert Street, Camden. Produced by Violet MacDonald and Freddy Chick.  (© AbdulMaalik Tailor, Violet MacDonald, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time 12 minutes.

The Fitzrovia Mural

Amber Raney-Kincade tells the story of the Fiztrovia Mural with help from Kristina O’Donnell, a descendant of characters in the mural, and Richard Unwin from Eazl, a creative agency that have been involved in efforts to restore it. Produced by Freddy Chick. (© Amber Raney-Kincade, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running seven minutes.

In Front of You, You Can Feel – A Tour for the Visually Impaired

Freddy Chick joins a Camden Tour Guides Association guided walk for the visually impaired with contributions from Peter Twist,  Trevor Albut and Elizabeth Dormandy. Produced by Freddy Chick.  (©Freddy Chick, CCRadio)  - running time 19 minutes.

Tropical Maladies in Bloomsbury

Rhona Levene and Stella Geddes tell the story of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with contributions from Claire Frankland, Rebecca Tremain and Aisling Walsh of the LSHTM.  Produced by Freddy Chick.  (© Rhona Levene, Stella Geddes, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time 10 minutes.

The Hardy Tree 

The story of the Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras old Church with contributions from Lester Hillman, Father James Elston, Rachel Floyd, Helen Lange, Simon Causer and Aidan Dun.  Produced by Lester Hillman and Freddy Chick.  (©Lester Hillman, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time 10 minutes.

Mitten on a Railing – The Foundling Museum

Peter Hayes tells the story of the Foundling Museum with contributions from Caro Howell of the Foundling Museum and Carol Harris of Coram. Produced  by Freddy Chick.  (© Peter Hayes, Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time 14 minutes.

Brrring Brrring Out Your Dead – The Soane’s Family Mausoleum

Freddy Chick tells the story of the Soane’s family mausoleum in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church with contributions from Frances Sands, the Soane Museum and Gavin Stamp. Produced by Freddy Chick.  (© Freddy Chick, CCRadio) - running time eight minutes.

Camden in Images

Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre holds tens of thousands of wonderful photographs, illustrations and documents illustrating the history of Camden. Copies can be purchased by contacting: localstudies@camden.gov.uk

 Image of the Roundhouse  The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road in 1967 © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Thirty Images from our Collections

A Selection of Thirty Images from the collections of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre (© Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre) – running time three minutes.

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Kentish Town in Lockdown

Paintings of Kentish Town during the Covid 19 lockdown –  1’ 18” (© Secret Artist NW5)

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Camden history articles

Red Lion Square and its Vicinity: A History

An illustrated article on the history of Red Lion Square and its vicinity by Daniel Croughton of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre (© Daniel Croughton and Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)

The Great Ormond Street Hospital Chapel

An illustrated article on the history of the Great Ormond Street Hosital Chapel by Nick Baldwin, Archivist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (© Nick Baldwin)

School Class Visits to the Archives

An illustrated article on school class visits to Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre  by staff member Ingrid Smits (© Ingrid Smits and Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)

 

Exhibitions

King’s Cross Bangladeshi Voices
কিংস ক্রস বাংলাদেশী  ভয়েসেস

Photo of Bengali Men's Group
Caption

Bengali Men’s Group © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

 দক্ষিণ এশিয়ান ঐতিহ্যের মাস উপলক্ষে একটি প্রদর্শনী

বাংলাদেশে শিকড় এমন আট নারী-পুরুষের জীবনকে কেন্দ্র করে এই প্রদর্শনী ।এই প্রদর্শনী মৌখিক ইতিহাসের রেকর্ডিংয়ের উপর ভিত্তি করে তৈরি এবং ইহা কিংস ক্রস ভয়েসের অংশ । ইহা একটি মৌখিক ইতিহাস প্রকল্প যাহা ২০০৪-২০০৮ সময়কালে প্রতিষ্ঠিত এবং হেরিটেজ লটারি, ক্যামডেন এবং ইসলিংটন বারা দ্বারা তৈরি এবং তাদের অর্থায়নে পরিচালিত ।এটি প্রথম প্রদর্শিত হয়েছিল ২০০৯ সালে এবং ইহা ক্যামডেন লোকাল স্টাডিজ অ্যান্ড আর্কাইভস সেন্টার দ্বারা সংগৃহীত। সদস্যরা  ইংরেজি এবং বাংলা উভয় ভাষায় রয়েছেন ।
তারিখঃ
২৬ শে জুলাই ২০২২ - ১৬ই আগস্ট ২০২২
(সোমবার ১০-৬, মঙ্গলবার ১০-৬, বৃহস্পতিবার ১০-৭, শুক্রবার ১০-৫,শনিবার ৩০শে জুলাই এবং শনিবার ১৩ই আগস্ট ১১-৫)
স্থানঃ
ক্যামডেন লোকাল স্টাডিজ অ্যান্ড আর্কাইভস সেন্টার,
২য় তলা, হলবর্ন লাইব্রেরি, ৩২-৩৮ থিওবাল্ডস রোড
লন্ডন WC1X 8PA
প্রবেশ সবার জন্য ফ্রিঃ  

King’s Cross Bangladeshi Voices

An Exhibition for South Asian Heritage Month

Photograph of Bengali Men's Group
Caption

Bengali Men’s Group © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Focusing on the lives of eight men and women with roots in Bangladesh, this
exhibition draws on oral history recordings made as part of King’s Cross 
Voices, an oral history project created and funded by the Heritage Lottery
Fund and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington during 2004-2008.
Curated by Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, it was first exhibited 
in 2009. The panels are in both English and Bengali.

26th July 2022 – 16th August 2022
(Monday 10-6, Tuesday 10-6, Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-5, 
Saturday 30th July and Saturday 13th August 11-5)

At Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
2nd Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA

Admission Free
 

 

 

 

 

 

A Stone’s Throw from Westminster -

Suffragettes and Other Feminists in Camden

Picture of Police Raid

In 2018, to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918  - which gave (some) women in the UK the right to vote in Parliamentary elections -  Camden hosted “A Stone’s Throw from Westminster – Suffragettes and other Feminists in Camden”, an historical exhibition, curated by Susan Croft and Irene Cockroft of SuffrageArts. We are pleased with their permission to reproduce part of the exhibition here – panels created by Susan Croft and designed by Lydia Blagden.

View the exhibition 

Where images used do not belong to CLSAC and are still in copyright, every effort has been made to trace copyright holders to obtain permission to reproduce them here.

If you would like to hear about future developments on this topic, please email suffragearts@gmail.com  

 

Here and There: Stories of British Bangladeshis in Camden


This exhibition was commissioned by the Bengali Workers’ Association (BWA), curated by Faridha Karim with funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was first exhibited in 2011 at the Surma Centre, Robert Street, the home of the BWA and later at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre where it has been subsequently deposited. We are pleased, with the BWA’s agreement, to now present the exhibition on this web page.
Image of Title Page of Exhibition

Poetry - inspired by items in our Archives

Holborn Restaurant menu, 1917

The Waitress: 27th July 1917, by Pauline Seward

In 2010 Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre ran a competition for poems inspired by items in our collections. Pauline's poem won first prize. It was inspired by the Holborn Restaurant menu card of 1917 pictured above.

Dating from 1874, the restaurant stood at the junction of High Holborn and Kingsway.  As well as the Grand Salon complete with band and cabaret, there were the King’s Hall with space for 600 diners, the Queen’s Salon, decorated with portraits of female monarchs, the Empire Room, the Throne Room, the Grand Grill and the Snack Bar, for those of more modest means. It was used for a variety of functions including banquets, Masonic meetings, balls, concerts, wedding breakfasts, bazaars and public meetings. The building was sadly demolished in 1955.

The Waitress: 27th July 1917”, read by the poet Pauline Sewards (© Pauline Sewards) – running time three minutes.

Regents Park in 1900

Regent’s Park around 1900 (© Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)

Regent’s Canal: 04.55 Friday 2nd October,  a poem by Anna Cookson.

In 2010 Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre ran a poetry competition for poems inspired by items in our collections. Anna’s poem won second prize. It was inspired by a newspaper report about a tragic incident that took place in the early hours of the 2nd of October 1874. A cargo of gunpowder on a boat travelling along the stretch of the Regent’s Canal in Regent’s Park ignited causing a massive explosion which killed three of the crew and wrecked the Macclesfield Bridge. This year – 2020 – is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the canal.

“Regent’s Canal: 04.55 Friday 2nd October.”  Writer and broadcaster Anna Cookson reads her poem  (© Anna Cookson) - running time three minutes.