While St. Mary Magdalene’s is being restored and a new building is growing out of the ground, we are busy running a number of exciting projects working with the community and volunteers. Many of these projects include participants creating tiles, textiles, film, and artworks that will become permanent features of the new building.
For further information or to register interest in taking part contact Lucy Foster on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07775 901 963.
Oral History Project
As part of the St. Mary Magdalene’s Project we are searching for the stories that people who live and work, now and in the past, have to tell about the area. Over the coming months our team of volunteers will be interviewing a range of people representing the wider Paddington area, and its diverse heritage. We hope these will play a part in documenting life in North Paddington as it is now, and as it was in the past.
If you have a story to tell or experiences to share, or know of someone who does, please get in touch with email@example.com
What we’ve been up to…
Over 6-weeks, a brilliant group of local people worked with artist Linda Florence to create their own beautiful tiles for the new building. Inspired by the history of the area, the tiles show an event or person from the area, and will be part of a timeline running up the stairs in the new building. Keep an eye out for them later this year as they produced some great results!
At the St. Mary Magdalene’s project Open Day on the 11th November and during two days of workshops at St. Mary Magdalene’s Primary School, local people and the children also produced smaller tiles some of which will be used in the bathrooms and new café!
Area Change Mapping Project
Artist Maria Amidu worked with a group of Year 8 students at Westminster Academy to research the physical changes in the local area over the past 200 years. The class then explored how this change can be represented in map form. Their research and design will inspire the designers producing a map for our new foyer space.
Calling all locals!!
Do you have an idea for something that should be on our map of Paddington (including Westbourne, Church Street, Harrow Road, Queen’s Park or Bayswater) that’s going in the new building and on our website? Which places best tell the story of the area? Where do you most care about? What places define Paddington? Could be community space, a historic place, a shop, a café, a park, etc. Let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary Magdalene’s School Projects
We have had great fun working with the children at St. Mary Magdalene’s school on a couple of different projects. A drama project with Year 4 explored the history of the area, and ended with a performance telling the story of the school, church and surrounding area from 1800 to now. All in 15 minutes! Over a week Year 5 took on the challenge of designing their own building. Design principles and the brief to design a house for their favourite literary character were introduced by Dow Jones Architects, the architects of the new St. Mary Magdalene’s building. The winning project included an opening roof to allow the flying horse Pegasus to get in and out easily!
Film Project with Young People
A group of young people, working with a film maker, will explore historical archive footage and photography of the area and, inspired by this research, create their own films and photographs to feature in the new building.
Festivals, Open Days and Talks
You’ll find us at Westbourne Festival and some other local festivals across the summer. We will also be back with a Community Open Day and a series of talks, so keep an eye out for more details.