Memories of Battersea

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    In Memories of Battersea we start with Jean, a Wandsworth born survivor of the Second World War. Jean recounts for us what life was like living through the German bombardment of V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets, her evacuation spent in Oxfordshire as a child, what has become of her first home in Savona Street as well how she feels about new development in the Battersea area.

    This film was shot in a Spectacle's workshop. For more information on our courses go here - spectacle.co.uk/training/

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  2. In Memories of Battersea we start with Jean, a Wandsworth born survivor of the Second World War. Jean recounts for us what life was like living through the German bombardment of V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets, her evacuation spent in Oxfordshire as a child, what has become of her first home in Savona Street as well how she feels about new development in the Battersea area.

    This film was shot in a Spectacle's workshop. For more information on our courses go here - spectacle.co.uk/training/

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    Memories of Battersea is a video oral history project run by Spectacle Productions and funded by the Wandsworth Grant Fund. The project gives young adults from Battersea the opportunity to be trained in film-making while producing short films about their neighbourhood, collecting memories from elder Battersea residents, bridging intergenerational gaps and engaging with the history of their borough.

    In this episode theatre director Christine Eccles tells her story about Mayday Theatre, a politically engaged theatre company that performed around Battersea during the seventies and early eighties.

    Christine moved to Battersea from Liverpool in the early seventies and, inspired by radical theatre and the political atmosphere at the time, started her own socialist community theatre group. Working with the local residents and the Labour council they put on shows around South London that were based on local issues and stories such as the lives of factory workers, the gentrification of Battersea and the growth of the National Front in the area.

    In this short film she recounts stories from some of their most memorable performances, shares her photos from the time, describes her experiences of working with the local community, and explains why her work was an important political force in the history of Battersea. She describes the neighbourhood’s radical history, what it was like when she moved there, and the changes that have taken place since then, including the sudden switch from a Labour to a Conservative council and the rapid change in housing landscape.

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  4. Memories of Battersea is a video oral history project run by Spectacle Productions and funded by the Wandsworth Grant Fund. The project gives young adults from Battersea the opportunity to be trained in film-making while producing short films about their neighbourhood, collecting memories from elder Battersea residents, bridging intergenerational gaps and engaging with the history of their borough.

    In this episode theatre director Christine Eccles tells her story about Mayday Theatre, a politically engaged theatre company that performed around Battersea during the seventies and early eighties.

    Christine moved to Battersea from Liverpool in the early seventies and, inspired by radical theatre and the political atmosphere at the time, started her own socialist community theatre group. Working with the local residents and the Labour council they put on shows around South London that were based on local issues and stories such as the lives of factory workers, the gentrification of Battersea and the growth of the National Front in the area.

    In this short film she recounts stories from some of their most memorable performances, shares her photos from the time, describes her experiences of working with the local community, and explains why her work was an important political force in the history of Battersea. She describes the neighbourhood’s radical history, what it was like when she moved there, and the changes that have taken place since then, including the sudden switch from a Labour to a Conservative council and the rapid change in housing landscape.

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    For the third episode of our oral history video project “Memories of Battersea”, Spectacle met Nick Wood, the eclectic architect who designed and built Carey Gardens estate.
    Throughout his career at LCC and GLC, Nick aimed to create "Council estates that didn't look like council estates”, designing buildings that could provide enjoyable living environment for its residents.
    Nick applied Sir Leslie Martin’s theories on land use to design Carey Gardens estate and his model proved that it was possible to achieve high density with low-rise buildings.
    This Memories of Battersea episode gives an insight on the history of social housing, focusing on the effort of building new homes for Battersea community after the devastation of World War II. It also shows how good urban design helps building vibrant and happy communities.

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Memories of Battersea

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Memories of Battersea is a video oral history project run by Spectacle Productions that explores the history of Battersea. Thanks to this project Spectacle has given young adults the opportunity to be trained in film-making while collecting memories from…


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Memories of Battersea is a video oral history project run by Spectacle Productions that explores the history of Battersea. Thanks to this project Spectacle has given young adults the opportunity to be trained in film-making while collecting memories from older residents, bridging intergenerational gaps and engaging with different aspects of the history of the borough. From WWII to community activism in the 70's; from social housing to recent waves of migration in the neighbourhood.

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