Warner Tea Party

Yesterday we had a tea party at Vestry House Museum for current and former Warner residents. It was incredibly busy! The longest resident had lived in a Warner property for over 80 years, and the newest for only 8 months. One woman had come all the way up from Petersfield and brought an article from the Waltham Forest Guardian, from 1964 – it was the story of Mr Norswothy, her uncle, who was on his way to pay the weekly rent money collected from tenants into the bank. He was accompanied by a driver and a bodyguard. On the way they were […]

Exhibition Opening

After many months of hard work by artists and volunteers, WE: The Ex Warner Estate in Waltham Forest opened to the public on 28 October. The private view was packed with former and current residents of the estate, local residents and artists. Lucy and Katherine gave a speech, along with a lovely speech by the last manager of the estate, Roger Dear. Thanks to all who attended. The exhibition is now open to the public until 19 February 2016. Vestry House Museum Vestry Road London E17 9NH Wed-Sun 10am-5pm 020 8496 4391 Free entry

Exhibition & thanks

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 […]

Leyton Warner Estate Walk

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 […]

Walthamstow Historical Society photo walk

Thanks so much to everyone who came on the photography walk with Walthamstow Historical Society yesterday, and thanks in particular to Neil Houghton, for leading what was a really fascinating and entertaining 2 hour walk. We started by Station Florists, St James Street station walking around to the side of the station to Courtenay Place and Courtenay Mews, as Neil explained this was the site of some of the Warner’s first developments and the site of a notorious murder – during the trial the state of the housing conditions was described as slums. These were later demolished, and in their […]

Ex Warner Project Talk

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the Ex Warner Project talk at St Michael & All Angels Church Hall last night. We had over 40 people. Great to see so many of the participants and to have to many current and past Warner residents attending. (KG)

Warner Residents Tea Party

We had such a lovely weekend at the exhibition, just under 150 visitors came on both the Saturday and Sunday, so thanks everyone who visited. On Sunday we had a tea party for current and previous Warner residents. Cakes with ‘W.E’ in green and cream were provided by Aura Rosa cakes and proved very popular with visitors. Visitors were asked to wear a sticker with the number of years they’d lived in a Warner property. Two ex residents came all the way from Peterborough. My favourite moment was our visitor who had moved into a Warner flat that day meeting […]

Opening night

With the gallery space cleaned, audio installed, photographs and historical documents up and in place, drinks delivered we are ready to welcome guests. A steady stream of Warner residents past and present begin to arrive, along with members of Waltham Forest Council, friends and neighbours. One of the many things that made the night so special for me was seeing the sense of community and pride that bringing everyone together generated. It was a fantastic night, thanks to everyone for making it so special. (KG)