I always felt like I could help people.

I always felt like I could help people.   Roger ‘Dinger’ Bell began his time as a fireman at the Clerkenwell Fire Station back in 1974. His mother had worked as a nurse, which he says influenced his outlook on life.  ‘I just didn’t like seeing people suffering, I always felt like I could help …

Did I come for a drama course, or to deal with my sexuality?

Jim MacSweeney moved from Ireland to London in 1982 to do a drama course, and found a world that felt 20 years ahead of the place he had left behind. By his own admission, he wonders whether he came for a drama course, or to deal with his sexuality. The move proved to be both …

The lovely Somers Town people

It isn’t Somers Town Father Philip Dyson grew up in the north of England, and moved to Somers Town in 1980. He spent 15 ½ years there, as the Vicar at St Mary’s Church. A community of “old Cockneys” inhabited the Somers Town that Father Philip remembers. There was no development around either of the …

Window boxes and needle exchanges

Sioned Churchill’s first job in King’s Cross was at the Neighbourhood Centre on Argyle Street, where she organised activities for older people. At the time she was struck by the camaraderie and sense of community that she found there. The residents were cheerful, resilient and full of humour, despite the hardship that some of them …

It’s very much an interaction, between the people and the place

Sue McCarthy is a member of the Camden and the Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guides Associations, with a special interest in Women’s History. Sue helped devise a walking tour around an exhibition on notable women in the King’s Cross area created by the King’s Cross Visitor Centre. In the few hours Sue and I spent …

I’ve always been interested in transport

As Collections Officer at the London Transport Museum, Keith Raeburn helps look after London’s rich and varied transport history. For as long as Keith can remember transport, trains and buses have framed his life. Growing up in West London without a car, family trips were always taken using public transport, leaving Keith with an enduring …