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Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street, The Kings Road & The Dance Halls: London Was Your First Stop

Working in partnership with Innisfree Housing Association, we designed and delivered a reminiscence project for the residents of the Clochar Court sheltered housing scheme in Harlesden, North London.

The project was the first of its kind to be undertaken by the housing association and we used everything from vintage furniture to newspapers, food and more to evoke the past and create an opportunity to take a step back in time to the kitchens, living room and memories of our pasts.

From tales of love and dancing to challenging times as a suspect community in the city, the participants, project volunteers and staff worked together to recount our shared and individual memories of being Irish in London over the past 5 decades.

Following the reminiscence sessions, Age Exchange worked with participants, volunteers and staff to create a 25 minute film Carnaby Street, The Kings Road & The Dance Halls: London Was Your First Stop.

We worked in partnership with Age Exchange, Brent Museum and Archives, the Irish in Britain Archive and the Geffrye Museum.

“I found myself excited to wake up on Wednesdays, being part of the sessions and hearing the stories, things I’d never heard before, I felt privileged to be part of the project, it was a wonderful experience.” 

Padraig, Volunteer

Watch our Reminiscence Film