The aims of the project are to develop and deploy new approaches to storytelling – to gather, interpret and share a community-led history of King’s Cross.
Many of the most important narratives of 20th century London have yet to be written or collected. Thanks to National Lottery players, the King’s Cross Story Palace project will work with local groups to activate new and existing networks of volunteers. Working within local archives images and ephemera will be unearthed to contextualise and illustrate the stories. Public programming will follow celebrating the narratives of the region.
Over the course of the project we will focus on particular themes, as follows:
- June – September 2017: LGBTQ+ and Women’s History
- October – December 2017: Journeys and Encounters
- January – March 2018: Lost and Found
- April – June 2018: Layers of Immigration and Incomers
- July – September 2018: King’s Cross at Play
Historypin and the Building Exploratory have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the King’s Cross Story Palace, a two year heritage engagement project.
Launched in 2011, Historypin (historypin.org) is a social enterprise that supports communities in sharing and exploring local history online and making connections in their neighbourhoods to increase local social capital. To date, 65,000 people and 3,000 libraries, archives and museums have shared over 400,000 memories which are explored by people worldwide. historypin.org / @historypin
Launched in 1998, the Building Exploratory is a learning and engagement organisation that helps communities to discover the secrets of their local area. It works across London with schools, families, residents, older people, local authorities and businesses to engage them in celebrating their built environment, its heritage, buildings and public spaces. The Building Exploratory aims to improve access to information and give those who do not have a voice opportunities to share their views about the neighbourhoods where they live and work. The Building Exploratory has delivered projects in twenty London boroughs, training more than 750 volunteers and engaging more than 50 communities. www.buildingexploratory.org.uk / @buildingexplore