Workshops are for 13 – 25 year olds, are free, and run from 16/09/17 – 14/07/18 on Saturdays 12pm – 5pm (matching most school timetables). Sign up here.
While we normally focus on one estate at a time, we recently felt compelled by the tragic Grenfell fire to examine social housing throughout Kensington. The project will therefore explore the heritage of West London’s council estates and the stories within the area. SPID itself is based in W10’s Kensal House estate.The estate is made up of two Grade II* listed blocks, and has become a cherished symbol of Modernist architecture. This historic building will act as our base for the project, having been designed 80 years ago by the renowned architect Maxwell Fry, along with social reformer Elizabeth Denby.
A group of 12 young participants living in and local to Kensington will work with residents of these estates throughout each of the project’s three stages. The heritage of the buildings and their social impact in the community will be explored through detailed research, the recording of oral history testimonies, the development of a film, the creation of a radio show, and a guided performance tour. Kensington Stories will be supported by the Twentieth Century Society, Westway Trust and the North and Central Kensington Libraries.
Kensington Stories is a year long programme which starts on the 16th September 2017. The sessions will take place 12-5pm on Saturdays and will begin with the young people creating a documentary film shot on the estates. 13-25 year olds can take part for free (with expenses paid). They can also gain a qualification, and this year we are introducing an award at the end of each block for a participant who is particularly committed or creative.
In Block 1, young people will create a documentary film exploring social housing estates in Kensington, which will be shot on location. During these weeks the young people will be encouraged to form a company identity and have a sense of ownership of both the project and the heritage of these estates. Workshops from the Oral History Society will teach them interview skills, while looking at the history of these estates will develop their research skills.
In Block 2, the young people will create and perform a live radio show. The programme, lasting up to 45 minutes, will be written by the young people in collaboration with industry professionals. They will be given the opportunity to create their own show incorporating playlists, quizzes, games, and radio plays, and building on the oral histories from the previous block by interviewing residents.
In Block 3, the young people will create a performative tour on a Kensington estate of their choosing. Building on the research from the previous two blocks, the young people will use the residents’ memories from the oral histories about their experiences of estate life as a starting point. Workshops from the Twentieth Century Society will teach them the skills to deliver guided tours. There will be opportunities to explore and discuss possible ideas to redevelop neglected areas of the estates.