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The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant to Big Up Films, a Clapham-based group of film-makers and arts educators. The ‘Common Voices – Past and Present’ Project’s aim was to bring together different generations to capture and compare memories and experience of growing up around Clapham Common just after World War Two with those of children now.

Mayor of Lambeth with organisers of the Common Voices project

Mayor of Lambeth with organisers of the Common Voices project

The result of the project is a DVD film accompanied by portraits and illustrations along with a mixed-media map of Clapham were created collaboratively by pupils from Bonneville Primary School and volunteers.

We saw the film for the first time at an event held at Clapham Picture House, and I was joined by the children who took part in the project, those who had been interviewed and many of the volunteers involved in the project.

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the people interviewed as part of the Common Voices project

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the people interviewed as part of the Common Voices project

All those involved should be extremely proud of their achievement, which in itself is now part of Clapham’s history. These include: Bonneville Primary School, year 6 children and teachers; Clapham Society; Lambeth Archives; The Oral History Society; volunteers and the 12 people who shared their memories about life in Clapham after the war who made this project possible. And of course the Heritage Lottery Fund who funded the project.

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