Between May and July 2013 the Centre for Life-Writing Research collaborated with Westminster Archives and the Covent Garden Community Association on a Lottery Heritage Fund project, ‘Gentlemen We’ve Had Enough: the Story of the Battle to Save Covent Garden.’
The project aimed to tell the stories of Covent Garden residents who campaigned to prevent GLC plans to demolish and rebuild the area. It recorded key losses (the Old Covent Garden market in 1974 for instance), but also sites – houses and community gardens – that have endured.
As part of the project Hope Wolf delivered reminiscence sessions with MA students at the Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden on the 10th May. Using equipment for capturing life stories purchased with the support of the Edward Harvist Trust, the students recorded stories from local people who were involved in the campaign.
After a set of workshops following the event on 10th May the students added their stories to the Covent Garden Memories website. The stories can be read on the ‘People of Covent Garden’ section of the website.
Click on the headings to read the following stories:
The students’ interview transcripts supported the making of a documentary film made by the children of St Clement Danes Primary School and the company Digital Works. The transcripts helped the children to choose interviewees from the Covent Garden community, and to formulate their questions. The film will be shown in September at the Seven Dials Club (time to be confirmed).
Thank you very much to Westminster Archives and the Covent Garden Community Association for all your support for this project; especially to Camilla Bergman, Peter Daniel, and Jo Weir. Thank you to the Edward Harvist Trust and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to all interviewers and interviewees for being so generous with your time and stories.