Reimagining Goldfinger – the story so far
The project’s development has felt timely because Kensington council is consulting with the local community on plans redevelop the empty area between Trellick Tower and Elkstone Road. The young people have enjoyed developing historic skills with architects whose skills have topical applications. It’s been exciting to see young people engage with older residents as they learn about the history and potential of their estate. The cross generational links forged have been really inspiring. A great moment was watching an over 60 year old skateboarding with the teenagers around the estate.
Young people have learned research techniques and drawn upon visual and written resources in order to investigate the changing social, political and historical context that has influenced the building and its residents. Workshops from the V and A and 20th Century Society have taught them about the history of their estate and developed their research skills. Sessions with Haworth Tomkins Architects have developed their model making skills. Workshops from the Twentieth Century Society have taught them the skills they need to create oral history testimonies.
The young people have begun creating an exhibition about the history of their estate that will include their own models of how it might look in future. They have started exploring older residents’ memories by interviewing them about their experiences of estate life. They have scripted and created a documentary film about the estate’s history called Reimagining Goldfinger: The Cheltenham Tapes‘