Local history is displayed in local places.
This is Deptford, South-East London,
more precisely Deptford Action Group for the Elderly,
where an archive of local history is gradually being added to.
I don't think there's a plan, a strategy for this collection,
just a conviction and enthusiasm to make sure people and events are remembered.
Whilst the photos above might tell of childhood memories of life in Deptford,
there is much evidence of more recent history:
Like the Olympics, London, 2012,
friends, locals, who have passed on,
trips to the seaside,
I have had the wonderful opportunity to see all this
whilst hanging out with new friends with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
Strictly I shouldn't be there at all,
I'm not put off by the no alcohol rule but I've yet to qualify as a pensioner.
I got to know these lovely people through a mutual friend, Rose Bird.
We all worked together.
In 2013 I ran a project called Deptford Decades where older people shared memories of Deptford and the 1940s & 50s, with local school children. The project ran for a few months, ending in a grande finale, a tea-dance in which the children performed dances they had choreographed themselves to tell the older people's stories. Over 120 people turned up. It was such good fun and also very moving at times. I remember that during one dance, the children all ducked down in quick unison, illustrating Barbara's memories of hiding under her kitchen table during an air raid.
We made a film too. It's about ten minutes long, it's beautiful.
You can hear first-hand from Barbara, Rose and others.
'Residents of Deptford tell their Stories'
I'm not advocating visiting DAGE, it's a drop-in centre for the local community of a certain age, there must be many places like this all over the country. However Deptford is brimming with history with associations to Peter the Great, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Christopher Marlowe.
There's quite a bit of history to see just walking back to the car park.
Second World War air-raid shelter sign.
Deptford Docks established by Henry VIII