Kensal Voices

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Kensal Voices is a year long project to document the story of an iconic North Kensington estate and the residents who have lived there over the past 75 years, told by a group of local young people. The young researchers worked with support from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the 20th Century Society and North and Central Kensington Libraries to record interviews with older residents, use the information gathered to create a site-specific drama performance, publish a booklet detailing its history, and conduct guided tours around the estate. That took place between September 2013 – March 2014, with a further series of workshops focusing on radio and recording skills between June-September 2014. Kensal House in Ladbroke Grove is a Grade II* listed building designed in 1936 by modernist architect Maxwell Fry working with social reformer Elizabeth Denby.

Fuller overview here For local response and coverage see here For the participants’ favourite pictures of the performance, and the reasons why the love them, see:  For info about the collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum see here. The guided tours were advertised in Time Out. There’s a photo gallery here. You can find the brochure they created here

We took the project further through Kensal Voices Reloaded, which led to the creation of a short radio play, and a live radio show, recorded at Kensal House and broadcast by a local station.

The project’s components were Research, Architecture, Design; Drama, oral history, guided tours and a promenade performance, Tales of the Sunshine Flats. You can find out about the workshop leaders here and listen to our Oral History recordings here.

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