Jonathan Blake Decides to Live

Jonathan Blake was born in 1949. He is 68 years old when we meet him to talk about his memories of King’s Cross and LGSM, in September 2017. He is officially a pensioner, he tells me proudly; he never expected to be able to say that, having been diagnosed with HTLV-3 – which later became …

Sticky Memories: Camden Encounters

Originally commissioned in 2015 by curator Charlie Levine as part of a year long arts programme marking 50 years since the formation of the Borough of Camden Council as it stands today, (#Camden50). It is fabulous to have the chance to air these ‘Encounters’ in the form of voices, photographs and videos again via Historypin. …

Summer Fun at the Camden Mela

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’ which is used in the Indian subcontinent for all sizes …

Guest blog: Katie Devlin, 17, Somers Town

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 …

Delving Deep into Queer King’s Cross

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 sheds, the HIV crisis and the London Lesbian and Gay …

Visiting the London Metropolitan Archives

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 …