A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise- 24 January 2015, London

Thanks to the kind commenter who brought this event to my attention.

Previously posted on this website: Centerprise, working class history and local publishing (1977) and other material.

The text below is taken from The Oral History Noticeboard:

When: 24 January 2015, 2 – 5 pm.

Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

What: Free public event for all those who remember Centerprise. Bring photographs, publications, documents from the time and your memories. Refreshments provided. RSVP to On the Record.

Oral history organisation On the Record has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise. Centerprise was a community centre, bookshop and publisher that hosted ground-breaking work in oral history, literacy, community history, life story writing and much more. On the Record are looking for people who remember Centerprise – or who want to help with the project – to join the project steering group, be interviewed or volunteer.

For more information about volunteer opportunities visit: http://on-the-record.org.uk/volunteers-needed-centerprise-project/

A Hackney Autobiography will be launched on Saturday 24 January 2015 at a relaxed gathering with refreshments and poetry. This event will bring people together to discuss Centerprise and share memories of the time. All are welcome, please RSVP to On the Record.

Centerprise was open from 1971 to 2012. It hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, creche and more all under one roof in Dalston. It not only sold books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history. It conducted oral history interviews and published the books created by oral and local history group and Workers Educational Association class the ‘People’s Autobiography of Hackney’, including their two volume chronicle of working life in twentieth century Hackney: Working Lives.

The project will not only reflect upon Centerprise and Hackney’s past, it will work with young people and adults living in Hackney today to set this history in the context of the borough’s rapidly changing landscape. Writer, project steering group member and original publishing worker at Centerprise, Ken Worpole, says:

“Modern Hackney is changing so fast that it is vital that the documentation of its past industrial, social and political heritage, carried out for many years by Centerprise,  is remembered. This is especially important in a culture which is often blind to the struggles and achievements of earlier generations in shaping their own lives, and creating the townscapes and ways of life which are enjoyed in Hackney today.”

A Hackney Autobiography will run from December 2014 to July 2016. It will remember Centerprise, in particular its work in the 1970s and 1980s, through oral history, gathering a public archive at Bishopsgate Institute and by running free workshops and events. A Hackney Autobiography will culminate by curating a digital map showcasing some of the material collected and publishing an in-depth history of Centerprise.

About On the Record:

On the Record Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit cooperative, established in May 2012. Our mission is to create and improve opportunities for a broader range of people to discover and participate in heritage and cultural activities. Previous projects run by On the Record include an oral history of Speakers’ Corner [http://soundsfromthepark.org.uk] and a volunteer research project about the arms trade and the First World War [http://armingallsides.org.uk] Read more here: http://on-the-record.org.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund:

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk

For further information please contact info@on-the-record.org.uk



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