Thank you to all who took part in our local walking tours.
Saira, of Living London, retold the tales of the generation who founded the Brent Central Mosque, who found friends and work at The Crown, and who built lives in London. We discovered the forgotten stories of migrants who helped build new schools for their children, and of the men and women who made sure everyone got to work on time.
Ashford Place thanks Abdul Rauf at Central Mosque of Brent, The Clayton Crown Hotel, and especially Deborah at Metroline Cricklewood Bus Garage.
A self-directed tour will be available to download from the Ashford Place website, where a permanent exhibition of the Generations of Learning project will be published.
Also coming soon is the short film based on interviews with the pioneering post-war generation.
Stories were taken from the interviews and transformed into short scripts, which were performed by young actors from the 360 Arts school. By drawing out the universal stories – of leaving family and over-coming struggles in a new country – and putting the Elders’ words onto young mouths, we hope their experiences will inspire new generations.
Performances were filmed during the summer tours and during rehearsals and the final cut is currently being edited by talented young film maker Erin Hopkins.
We are grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and lottery players in bringing this project to life.