Do you know the fascinating history of your (very) local area? Join us on Sun 21 May 2-5pm to learn about the history of our small corner in NW1! With free workshops food and drink, and a Q&A with wonderful local counsellor and ex-Mayor of Camden Nasim Ali on his experiences growing up in the neighbourhood.
Did you know that the earliest known settlement was on the highlands of Hampstead Heath and dates back to the Mesolithic age around 7000BC. For many centuries, the area was heavily forested. Then, named after Charles Pratt, Camden was born in 1791. A lot has happened since then!
Did you know that Greenlight Pharmacy on Drummond St was once Laurence Corner; a world-famous costume and military shop? The Beatles found their Sgt. Pepper jackets there?
Did you know that the houses in Tolmer's Square are Victorian? In 1863, a Congregational Church was built in the middle. In 1924, it was converted to a cinema. This closed in 1972, when squatters took over.
Want to know more?
Come to our free History and Heritage Day at Camden People's Theatre!
There'll be an exhibition, free food, drink, and workshops!
At 3pm, we will be hosting a special talk and Q&A with the wonderful local counsellor and ex-Mayor of Camden Nasim Ali on his experiences growing up in the neighbourhood! The talk is titled "Blood, Sweat, and Tears: How anti-racist riots shaped the history of Drummond Street!"
As a child, Nasim says he was the victim of racism especially while growing up in the 70s, 80s and 90s where the National Front had a presence. He says the racism he faced led him to politics: "In 1994 we used to have skinheads and face racism. In Camden people fought back and defended themselves. It's so important to remember this history, especially the history of Camden People's Theatre's building!"
If you have any questions, please email our Community Engagement Manager, Bex Gordon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun 21 May, 2-5pm.