Really exciting to start collecting the prints from The Printspace, this is the first batch of photos we’ve collected from former residents. Now we’re off to Pictorem for framing! The exhibition is starting to come together.
During our last memory session at Vestry House Museum, we met a former Warner resident whose mother, now 92, was born in a Warner property in 1924. We met Florrie Coster the following week to record her oral history. She had a fantastic collection of photographs of her family’s long association with the area including a Coronation Party in Wetherden Street and this beautiful photograph of her children in the 1950s.
In 2014, we discovered a fantastic group of photographs on Flickr from a family in America. They had been wonderfully scanned and annotated, and one of the folders was the address of a Warner Flat in Leyton – 79 Seymour Road. We contacted the family via Flickr, but had no reply – the account had been dormant for a few years. As the 2014 project came to an end we did not pursue it. This year, having received the funding to continue the project, we set out to contact this family again. Having tried via Facebook we finally got a […]
Today the volunteers took part in an inspiring and informative walk around the Warner Estate led by Neil Houghton of the Walthamstow Historical Society.
Thanks so much to everyone that came to our memory drop in at Vestry House Museum. We had around 15 people attend, and some of those that did come brought yet more amazing photos including these from Peter Wilkes of Bemstead Road. Peter’s father Donald worked for the Warner Estate for over 50 years.
Today we were reminded of what a wonderful archive, Vestry House Museum is. The archivist Jo Parker took great care in laying out all the Warner related documents that they have in the archives, this includes newspaper cuttings, posters, photographs and pamphlets.
Photographer Marysa Dowling ran a fantastic workshop for volunteers today. Marysa’s participatory artistic practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour, exploring and observing how people communicate and relate to each other and the places they live. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by Belfast Exposed, Tate, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Courtauld Gallery and Barnardo’s children’s charity. She is currently undertaking a project for Tate.
We ran a memory session at the William Morris Gallery today for people to with memories of the estate to bring photos and documents to. One of the best finds was this WWII diary belonging to a residents mother. Thanks to everyone who came and brought friends and neighbours!
Thanks to everyone who visited WE: The Ex Warner Project over the three weeks that it was open (30 May – 15 June 2014). The response has been amazing, and we are grateful to everyone who attended the events, visited the exhibition or contacted us with memories and photographs. We had over 1,300 visitors during that time, and are now carrying out an evaluation of the project for our funders, Waltham Forest Council. Please find some installation shots of the exhibition here, and you can add your own Warner or Ex Warner images to our Flickr Group, these will in […]
Thanks to the 35 people who came on the Leyton walk, and to David Boote who gave us a fascinating and informative tour. We started at Sybourn Street and after looking at the school building we went around the nearby streets: Hibbert Road, Harris Street and Markhouse Road, before going to look at the Dagenham Brook which passes nearby. We then crossed over Lea Bridge Road to the E10 streets like Bloxhall, Morieux and Perth Roads, looking at images that David had brought for us to look at relating to the places in previous years or their place names. The […]