Heritage – ‘Winstanley Stories’

As our centenary approaches (2024) we’ve started reminiscing about what we’ve been up to over the last 98 years and counting. We’ve been looking back through our archives and found the following:

‘Winstanley Stories’ was an intergenerational oral history project that took place in 2017-18. It explored the history of the Winstanley and York Road housing estate in Battersea, South London (just across the road from KLS – many of our members, staff and volunteers live there).

The team explored this history from the perspective of the people who have been living on the estate, whether they are from families who have lived in Battersea for generations, or have moved in more recently.

Year 6 children from Falconbrook Primary School worked with Emma Anthony, archivist from Wandsworth Heritage Service, and a local historian to explore the history of the area, what was there before and why it was built.

After these workshops and activities the children worked with digital:works to understand oral history techniques and recording. They then developed interview questions which allowed them to conduct and record oral history interviews with current and former residents, including members and staff from Katherine Low Settlement.

These interviews have been edited and combined with archive and personal photos as well as archive footage to make a unique and fascinating educational documentary film starring local people which you can watch here.

Visit the project website to find out more.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Battersea Power Station Foundation

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