Woodberry Down: The People’s Story

Apologies, but I forgot to flag up yesterday’s Hidden River Festival, marking 400 years of the New River.

It was a nice event and I was pleased to see a couple of local history stalls amongst the cup cakes.

The comrades at Past Tense had their excellent pamphlets available, including the freshly published “Free Like Conduit Water: The New River, its moral and immoral economies” by John Tyre. I’ve not read it yet, but it looks fantastic and includes material about the New River’s route through Hackney.

There was also a stall by the Woodberry Down Community Organisation (the resident elected body that represents all residents and those who work from commercial premises within the estate).

They are working on a history project – here is the text of their leaflet:

WOODBERRY DOWN: WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

Woodberry Down Community Organisation (WDCO) is applying for funding for an oral history project – “Woodberry Down, the People’s Story” – and we would like your support and participation. We are looking for:

  • Personal histories and experiences of those who have come to live in Woodberry Down, from the 1950s to the present day.
  • Your high points and low points (if you had any!) of living here.
  • How you came to live in Woodberry Down
  • The people in the neighbourhood you remember best

Eventually we hope to produce a book and exhibition. Right now we are looking for people who would be willing to:

  • Tell us your memories of Woodberry Down
  • Take part in the project by researching the history of the area or recording people’s memories
  • Letting the project copy any photographs you have of Woodberry Down and the people who have lived here

If you can help or would like to be involved contact WDCO at 6 Chattenden House, Woodberry Down Estate, London, N4 2SG or e-mail: wdhistory at hotmail dot co dot uk (with “at” replaced with @ and “dot” replaced with a full stop.)

(See also – a recent post by Municipal Dreams on the history and regeneration of Woodberry Down)

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