WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest

_MG_2377A major project focusing on the unique Warner properties in Waltham Forest.

‘WE’ is an arts and heritage project by Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green exploring the social history and continuing importance of the Warner Estate in Waltham Forest, London.

The first stage of the project took place in 2014, funded by an Arts Development grant from Waltham Forest Council along with sponsorship from the Stow Brothers Estate Agents, and included an exhibition in the former Warner rent office for Lloyd Park, the publication of a book, a series of community events and the collection of archive material, much of which is available on this website. The first stage was in collaboration with local writer Kirstin Sibley and Walthamstow Historical Society. The project aims to capture previously unrecorded local history.

The project is now entering its second stage, which includes a new call out for participants and archive material, an exhibition at Vestry House Museum in October 2016, a second edition of the book and the development of a mobile phone app. The exhibition is funded by a grant from Arts Council England, with sponsorship from local businesses the Stow Brothers and London Lofts and Construction. The mobile phone app, along with a volunteer training programme and new oral history interviews, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a new phase managed by Rendezvous Projects CIC, of which Lucy and Katherine are both directors.

“Warner” properties were built in the borough from the late nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century, with many of the properties taking the form of distinctive red brick self-contained flats.

The project includes photography, oral history, an exhibition and publication, as well as walks, talks and events for local people. Photographs from the early twentieth century, now owned by the Historical Society, are also used in the project alongside other historical material related to the Warner Estates.

For further information contact Lucy & Katherine info@exwarnerproject.co.uk