Lives on the Strand

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

Donald McDonnell – an artist among the people

“It is a living place”, said Donald McDonnell to me near the beginning of our interview. Donald is an artist living and working on the Strand. He is heavily involved with the Peabody Trust, and his artistic mediums range from poetry, photography and painting, to sculpture. Having spent the last (and my first) three years in…

Views, Variety, and Traffic Jams: An Interview with Judith Herrin

Self described ‘war baby’ Judith Herrin was born in 1942 and lost her father, who was serving in the Air Force, a year later. Her mother, a general practitioner, never remarried. Regardless, Judith remembers a happy childhood and had a very close relationship with her mother, who took her on many holidays to places like…

Scene In Lincoln’s Inn Fields Park 2010

Ink and wash sketch drawn from life in Lincoln’s Inn Fields park in 2010. The scene reflects two people enjoying and using this open green space only a few minutes away from the busy Kingsway and Strand.

‘This area is a magnet for things to happen’: a conversation with PCSO Anthony Skidmore

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing PCSO Anthony Skidmore for the Strandlines Oral History project. Anthony is a native East Londoner (and proud: it’s ‘the best city in the world’ he says) who has been working as a PCSO (police community support officer) for the last ten years, covering the…

Jim Fox, King’s Electrician 1953-98

On 11th May 2012 I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Fox for Strandlines. Jim first started working at King’s on 19th January 1953 as an apprentice electrician, and retired in 1998 having been promoted to Site Engineer. Jim’s first experience of the Strand came at the age of fifteen, when he came to King’s…

Mrs Holt’s Italian Warehouse

In the 1720s, Mrs Holt’s Italian Warehouse (a warehouse was a sort of 18th-century department store) in the Strand opposite Exeter Change. According to the trade card that William Hogarth engraved for her, she stocked ‘all sort of Italian silks as Lustrings, Sattins, Padesois, Velvets, Damasks, &c, Fans, Leghorne Hats, Flowers, Lute and Violin Strings,…

Dickensfest

On Saturday, Dickens came to the Strand – in the ambitious form of Dickensfest! ~ an event co-organised by The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s (where Strandlines lives) and Westminster Archives. Many thanks to  Ruth Richardson and Judith Bottomley for inspiration and organisation. Dickensfest lined up all sorts of scholars and writers to talk…

Catching up

Much has been happening with Strandlines! Except keeping up with the blog. I take it up now in part because I’m giving a talk about blogs next month, at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing; whoops, how embarrassing to have let Strandlines blog slip. In part too the blog has taken a back seat because…

The Vaudeville Theatre

A few doors down from the Adelphi is the pretty building which houses the Vaudeville Theatre.Built in 1870, Henry Irving acted on this stage for a while, as Ronald Bergan’s book The Great Theatres of London tells us.

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: