Published: 20 October 2021

A chance discovery in council archives has brought back to life a local community's fight for survival.

A new exhibition is telling the story of an extraordinary period of community action in the 1970s and 1980s in Blackfriars, Waterloo and North Southwark along London's South Bank. For many it was a fight for survival, as businesses moved out and land was earmarked for office development leaving isolated communities struggling to maintain their way of life.

The exhibition draws on thousands of photographs from SE1 Community Newspaper and Blackfriars Photography Project in Southwark and Lambeth Councils' archives.

Photos have been chosen and text written by "SE1 Stories", an umbrella group of people who were active in these community campaigns, tackling issues such as poor housing, redevelopment pressures, lack of shops, open space and other facilities.


Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street London, SE1 0RB

This venue has wheelchair access.


29th October to 11th November 2021.  Weekdays 10am to 9pm, and Saturdays 10am to 5.30pm

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