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Last chance to take part!

This Saturday, 29 September, brings the final FREE event of our Generations of Learning project.

It has been a lot of fun and a lot of work, and we’d be delighted for people to join us for this last chance to share memories and stories of life in Cricklewood.

The local Nomad Explorer Scouts have given lots of time and energy to planning this event, and will be speaking to people and recording them, to share stories on our website. You don’t have to be recorded to take part, ‘though; if you’d rather just have tea and a chat, you are welcome!

Local residents are invited to come and share their memories of Cricklewood, 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years ago. Bring along a story.

Come meet new people, and enjoy a lovely afternoon with the Scouts. Join us on the Mezzanine, refreshments provided.

2pm – 4pm, Saturday 30 September @ The Crown Moran Hotel, 152 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 3ED

Keep an eye on the blog for stories from the project over the coming weeks.

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Free event tomorrow!

Don’t forget to join us at the Side Door Café, Ashford Place this Friday for fun and memory sharing.

The young Scouts, and especially their leaders Nick and Noura, have been working hard planning and bringing everything together for the events.

Local residents are invited to come and share their memories of Cricklewood, whether that’s 10, 20, or even 50 years ago! The young people will be asking questions and recording people who’d like to share their memories.

For anyone camera shy, there will be plenty of cake to keep you busy!

So come along, meet new people, and enjoy a lovely afternoon at Ashford Place with the Scouts.

2pm – 4pm, Friday 31 August @ Side Door Café, Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU

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Summer Tours round up

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.

 

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Attendees enjoying an open-air performance as part of the walking tour

 

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.

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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.

 

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Tea & Scouts…

… and cake & memories!

Next week, Friday 31 August, sees the launch of an exciting series of events led by the Nomad Explorer Scouts, as part of the Generations of Learning project.

The free afternoon events will combine memory-sharing, speed-dating games with free afternoon tea and a chance to meet new people.

Bringing young and old together to celebrate local history, the young Scouts will be asking questions and recording the memories of people from the local area.

So, whether you came here 5 years ago or 50, whether you lived in Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Harlesden or a little further afield, come along and share an afternoon with lovely people!

The first event is being hosted by Ashford Place in the new Side Door Café. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

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Join us from 2pm – 4pm:

Friday 31 August @ Side Door Café, Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU
Saturday 15 September @ Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET
Saturday 29 September @ The Crown Hotel, 142 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 3ED

Any questions? Please get in touch:

 

 

 

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Free Fun!

Don’t forget to pop in tomorrow for family arts & craft fun in the new café at Ashford Place , decorating memory boxes and sharing stories. Join us:

Wednesday 8 August, 11am – 1pm, Side Door Café, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU

There will be paint and sticky stuff, so wear clothes that you can be comfortable in. Disposable aprons will be provided.

This is a drop in session, no booking needed, but we may have to turn people away if we get too busy, so try not to come late.

Fruit and squash will be provided free, and fancy coffees will be available to buy. This event will take place in the lovely Side Door Café gardens.

Events are free and all ages & backgrounds are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Memories Made!

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Memory Box events over the half term.

The workshops aimed to encourage different generations to share family stories, to ‘catch’ them in the memory boxes for the future.

This echoes the aim of our project, to capture the memories of Elder migrants, to ensure their stories are preserved for future generations of historians.

We had families from the Philippines, Brazil, England, India, Romania, Cameroon and more. There were all sorts of stories and some wonderful art works created.

We are busy planning more events to celebrate the migrant stories for the Easter holidays so keep an eye out.

 

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Make Memories Today!

 

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Don’t forget to join us on this afternoon to Make Memories in the Education Room at Brent Museum & Archives.

This half term, we are inviting families of all shapes and sizes to enjoy some crafting fun at our Memory Box making session.

The FREE drop in workshops mix story sharing with decorating memory boxes, so you can start collecting your own family stories.

Come along between 2 – 4pm:

Thursday 15 February @ Brent Museum, Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road

All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No need to book but we may have to turn people away if we run out of room!

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Cricklewood Memory Tours

 

With the first oral history interviews recorded*, we are starting to plan the ways we will be sharing the stories with local people.

We are really looking forward to working with Saira Niazi, founder of Living London and leader of fun explorations of hidden London. Saira will be working with the project to develop walking tours around Cricklewood, decorating the modern landscape with the memories of our Elders.

Details of the tour dates will be published on our Events page.

An International Studies graduate from Goldsmiths, Saira has over ten years experience in community engagement, project leadership and creative communications. She’s worked with communities across London from Nepalese gardeners in Plumstead to urban skaters in Fulham on various oral history, film and heritage projects. Through Living London, she has explored photographed, and written about over 1500 hidden London gems, and regularly leads guided tours across different areas of London.

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Saira loves discovering new places, collecting stories and connecting communities. We can’t wait for the summer!

 

*Come back next week for news on the stories that have started to emerge.

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Celebrating Migration

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Every year the Catholic church celebrates a World Day of Migrants, which this year took place on 14 January.

The event encourages a more welcoming attitude towards migrants, recognising their achievements. With increased migration as global conflict forces people to leave their homes in search of peace, safety, and a better life for their families, ‘migrant’ is in danger of becoming a dirty word.

Migrants and migration is frequently blamed for social problems, accused of ‘stealing’ jobs, or for creating pressure on UK housing, schools, and healthcare.

However, in the years after the end of the Second World War, migrants were invited to the UK from former Commonwealth nations, asked to help rebuild the nation.

Representatives from major organisations such as London Transport, British Rail, and the National Health Service travelled to various countries to recruit people to migrate.

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[This well-known image was taken at a London Transport recruitment event in Barbados: London Transport Museum collection: 1998/83757]

 

Migrants from Pakistan and Ireland worked in the schools, they worked alongside British people in factories and shops and offices, helping to rebuild the economy and adding to the overall prosperity of the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s.

By the 1970s, Irish nurses made up 12% of the workforce in NHS hospitals and more than 18,000 medics came from Pakistan and India in the 1960s.

Over the next few months, we will be recording the stories of some of the migrants from Pakistan and Ireland. We will be sharing them here and in our travelling exhibition, celebrating the contribution of migrants to the recent local history in Cricklewood.

 

 

 

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Welcome the film maker!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our project Film Maker, who will be producing a short film on the Generations of Learning project.

Dominique Murphy-de Neef is an up and coming documentary film maker and mixed-media artist. She already has many credits to her name, in genres including comedy fiction and alternative cinema. Her most recent film SANCTIONED, a powerful short documentary, was nominated for Best World Short Film at IndieCork 2017 .

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Dominique has Irish and Dutch heritage and recently graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. She is looking forward to creating a film that celebrates the contributions migrants have made to Cricklewood, London, and beyond.

The film will feature Elders who have volunteered to share their migrant story with the project. If you are from the Pakistani or Irish community and migrated to Cricklewood in the 1950s or 1960s and would like to take part, please get in touch at the details below. You don’t need to be still living in the area, as we are keen to record the variety of personal journeys before, during, and after Cricklewood.

We are also still looking for young volunteers interested in being part of the project.

To find out more, email: sorcha.nifoghluda@ashfordplace.org.uk or call 020 8208 8590