A 3-day Programme – photos, films, walks and a big debate!
6pm Exhibition Opening + Refreshments
4pm Big Map A giant plan with route between stations / parks ‘green vision’
Friday 6pm – 8pm Film Night
‘Somerstown’ (1984, Sue Crockford) documentary with Archival footage of 1930s slum clearance ((45 mins)
+ ‘somerstownwishes’ documentary (2015, D Foster) (25 mins
Sue Crockford will open the film night
(Donation to Somers Town History Club)
12pm – The Great Destruction Walk
(meet at Chalton Gallery)
2 pm – Social Housing History Walk
(Model estate Oakshott Court
Suggested donations £10 / Somers Town Residents Free
4pm Debate: Somers Town – Don’t squeeze us ou
on change, housing, community, social cleansing – and are there alternatives?
Michael Parkes, Donna Turnbull, members of the Somers Town Planning and Development working group, local councillors and YOU!
Somers Town: What future? part of London Festival of Architecture 2016, with this year’s theme of community. Our event looks at Somers Town, an area that developed innovative social housing throughout the 20th century. Bordered by the fast-changing N1C, threatened by HS2, undermined by Crossrail 2, and now facing the possibility of the local council building luxury housing on its parks, Somers Town is at a turning point: one that many fear could extinguish its existing community. This is why it is timely to reflect on what it means to be a community and on the future of social housing.