Thamesmead Community Archive launched to celebrate rich heritage

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We've been working in collaboration with arts organisation TACO!, local web designers Dos, and artist Peter Chadwick, will launch the online Thamesmead Community Archive on 9 August 2020 which will showcase the unique heritage of Thamesmead to a local and global audience.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the community archive has already collected over 2,000 pictures, artefacts, and oral histories that highlight the area’s distinctive heritage – all submitted by local people.

Adriana Marques, Head of Thamesmead Cultural Strategy at Peabody said: “The people of Thamesmead are immensely proud of their history. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re excited to launch the new website and make the rich history of Thamesmead accessible to a wider audience.

“This online resource is an important and exciting tool for the local community to be able to document the rich tapestry of culture and heritage in Thamesmead. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thamesmead Community Archive - you’ve helped us make history.” 

The Thamesmead Community Archive is part of a wider heritage programme that includes Tastes of Thamesmead, a local cookbook celebrating local histories through food recipes, and a new artist commission from local artists Liam and Vanessa Scully.

Included in the community archive are some of the images from ‘Town of Tomorrow’, a book which we published with Here Press and Peter Chadwick in 2019. The book, which initially sold out, has been re-printed this year and is now on sale at TACO! and other museums such as the Design Museum, V&A, and the Barbican.

Now the team and TACO! are looking for a group of Community Archivists to help capture the evolution of Thamesmead for future generations. The group will take on the role of working with the community to unearth local treasures and become ambassadors for the history of Thamesmead. They will also form part of the decision making panel to decide on which materials are to be included as well what events they could host in the future.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Archivist, please contact Lisa Drew, Cultural Programme Manager, at [email protected]

You can visit the Thamesmead Community Archive here: Thamesmeadcommunityarchive.org.uk 

You can buy ‘Town of Tomorrow’ by visiting: https://taco.org.uk/Buy-Town-of-Tomorrow