Celebrating diversity and inclusivity in our community, Pride in London celebrated 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality this year. From humble beginnings in 1972 where approximately 700 hundred people marched; the event has become a huge celebration of all things LGBTQI+, with people coming from […]
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This weekend the King’s Cross Story Palace team popped along to the Camden Mela to speak to locals about the project and to sample the delights of this long running community festival. The word ‘Mela’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ […]
Since the start of the project we have been working with some fantastic volunteers who have been helping us make the King’s Cross project come alive. Here Katie Devlin, who joined the team for a week of work experience, reflects on growing up in the area.
My King’s Cross
King’s Cross is a great place to grow up, it has a diversity unmatched by many other places, even within London, and there is a strong sense of community. I’ve written about some of the places that have influenced me most in my 17 years to try and share my perspective of the area.
Below is a picture from the re‐opening of my primary school, St Mary’s and St Pancras CofE Primary School. I was in year 2 at the time and remember it was a really exciting day with the whole school out to celebrate and parade down to St Mary’s Church, where we held plays, nativities and christingles throughout the years.
Most of my time outside of school was spent in various parks, including misusing the gym in Plot 10 (which I only found out yesterday is actually called Polygon Road Open Space). Sledding down a tea tray in Purchase Street Open Space on a snowy day and fighting over the big swing in Coram’s Fields. Coram’s was especially important as it was where I went for girl guiding every week between the ages of 7 and 14, learning how to use morse code, orienteer and make scoubidous. The Fields served as a backdrop for many friendships and great games through all my childhood.
The area has remained an important part of my life even now I’ve spent more time further afield, with friends all over London. It has been interesting to see how King’s Cross and Somers Town have changed and grown from my early memories, and even earlier records. I did an art project on this earlier in the year and it will be amazing to see how King’s Cross Story Palace records other people’s views on this unique place.
We’re continuing our summer focus on gathering LGBTQI+ stories of King’s Cross. Last weekend, we pitched up our rainbow coloured mobile Story Palace at the Queer and Now festival at Tate Britain. Thanks to Jan Pimblett from the The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and Speak Out London for letting us tag along! Several […]
Over the next few months we’re sharpening our focus and delving into LGBTQI+ history in King’s Cross. From infamous venues such as The Bell, to Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners via an explosion of same sex dance classes, sequinned catsuits locked away in city […]
Having lived only 5 minutes away from the London Metropolitan Archives, I’m sad to say I had never actually visited before our trip last week, where staff and volunteers met and listened to a range of staff at the archive telling us about their work. The building, resources and dedicated team there were a total revelation. With everything from a mediatheque of archived oral histories, videos and images, a huge range of fascinating maps of London and many more exciting archival documents, it’s absolutely worth making the most of if you’re interested in tracing your family ancestry, history and heritage or even just learning a little bit more about this vast city.
Here’s everything you need to know to get you ready for a visit:
- The Archives are open Monday – Thursday, plus some Saturdays
- You can enter the Archives without signing up to anything to look at copies of documents in the Information Area, or to access online or microfiche/film resources.
- You can sign up for a History Card online, giving you access to original documents
- There are a number of very helpful staff in the archive who can assist you with questions and requests
For more information on the London Metropolitan Archives, visit their website here.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Taking place from 1st-7th June every year, it showcases different volunteering roles through recruitment events, taster sessions and activities across the country. Earlier this week members of the […]
Tom Marshman performing King’s Cross (Remix) Photo by Michael Hall Tom Marshman’s nostalgia for a time he was too young to experience is the springboard for his latest production King’s Cross (Remix) now on at the Camden People’s Theatre. With King’s Cross as the stage, we’re […]
We’ve been populating our King’s Cross Story Palace Collection on Historypin with some of the stories you’ve shared with us so far. Sioned Churchill remembers King’s Cross County Fair and other festivals in the area during the 1980s and 1990s. Listen to her story below. For more of Sioned’s stories from the King’s Cross area, listen here on the Historypin website.
Your support, your memories, your King’s Cross. As a Heritage Lottery funded project, our volunteers are a vital part of the team. Over the next few months on this blog we will be showcasing the important work that volunteers are undertaking and the skills they […]