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PAST, PRESENT AND CREATIVE

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STRANDLINES EXPLORES ONE OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS STREETS, THE STRAND, AND ITS PAST AND PRESENT COMMUNITIES

The cast of The Shop Girl in an 1895 souvenir programme © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Gaiety George’ and the Making of Modern Celebrity

During the 1890s and 1900s the Strand’s Gaiety theatre played host to a string of dazzlingly successful shows featuring the ‘Gaiety Girls.’ For the project Moving Past Present I invited artist Janina Lange to ‘reanimate’ two of the Gaiety’s best-known stars, Constance Collier and Ellaline Terriss, as digital avatars. The process of researching their lives…
King's College London Main Building ~1830

Victorian Lives Revealed

King’s College London has employed some of the great and good from the academic world over its 188 years but there are many members of staff, academics, technicians, clerical and domestic, who are less well-known or not known at all. A joint project between King’s College London Archives and University of the Third Age (U3A)…
A general view of the Watch House

The All-New Watch House

The scaffolding has recently come down from around the Old Watch House in Strand Lane, after a five-month restoration project sponsored by King’s College London and carried out by PAYE Conservation . It has been completely re-rendered, the zinc sheathing of the penthouse storey has been replaced, and the zinc, woodwork and wrought iron of the balcony…
Photographs from the Moving Past Present performance

Moving Past Present: Digitally Reanimating the Gaiety Girls

In the 1890s the Strand’s Gaiety theatre became famous as the home of a new genre: the musical comedy. The brainchild of Irish impressario George Edwardes, musical comedies like A Gaiety Girl, The Shop Girl, The Quaker Girl, A Runaway Girl and The Circus Girl beguiled audiences with a mixture of songs, spectacle, romance, daring…
The Eagle Hut, Aldwych, with St Mary-le-Strand, King’s College and Somerset House in the distance (watercolour by Henry Rushbury, Imperial War Museum © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1123); Rushbury was an official war artist during both World Wars.

The Eagle Hut and King’s College London

World War One undoubtedly had an impact on the Strand area.  When the United States of America entered the European conflict in 1917, the American Y.M.C.A. found space along the Strand for the Eagle Hut – a rest and recreation centre for their troops in the Aldwych which began services in August 1917 – in…
Excerpt from a reproduction of John Evans’ A new and accurate plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark etc 1799, annotated to indicate lodges meeting in premises identified as being sited in or around the Strand between 1725 and 1825. More than one lodge might have met at a single venue over time.

True harmony and brotherhood

18th century freemasons meeting in and around the Strand The history of freemasonry as a secular, fraternal organisation in England dates from the late seventeenth century, when several private lodges are known to have existed before four London-based lodges formed the first Grand Lodge in 1717. Another group of masons formed a rival Grand Lodge…
Calendars of King's College London

King’s College London Calendars go online

King’s Archives have been digitising and publishing online King’s College London Calendars, which describe life at the College from its opening in 1831. The calendars, which were published annually until 1985, contain a wealth of information on King’s remarkable students and staff, listing names, academic courses, examination results and even student reading lists, prizes and…

Strand Lane: Getting into the Bath

There’s good news for anyone who has been frustrated by having to peer into the Strand Lane ‘Roman’ Bath through its often misted-up and damp-infested window.  Thanks to two recent developments it is much easier than it used to be to get inside it, physically and virtually. Besides the appointments to view that you can…

Lord Nelson and the Strand

On a bright, cold afternoon at the end of January 2003 I made my way down the Strand towards Trafalgar Square in the company of American audio artist and playwright Gregory Whitehead and BBC radio producer Neil McCarthy. Ahead of us, high up on the column in Trafalgar Square and silhouetted against a clear blue…

What is Strandlines?

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A STRAND

Strandlines Digital Community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

But it is also a place where residents, workers and visitors can engage with one another by sharing stories and images.

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

A strand could be:

  • An anecdote about an incident that took place on the Strand recently, or many years ago.
  • A story about one of the Strand’s many lines: backstreets that connect the Strand with Covent Garden; the parallel line of the River Thames.
  • A photograph of a building on the Strand, or of someone who used to live or work in the locality.
  • An object found on or near the Strand.
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EXPERIENCES, STORIES, AND RECOLLECTIONS

STRANDS

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EXPLORE THE STRAND

MAPS

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A CHRONOLOGY

TIMELINE

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The Strand in the 1900s The Strand in 2010

Partners

STRANDLINES IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF A GREAT MANY INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO THOSE OF ORGANISATIONS WHICH INCLUDE: