At Westbourne Festival 24th June 2018
We are excited to have delivered our first community heritage exhibition in partnership with City West Homes at Warwick Hall for the Summer Festival at Westbourne Festival 2018.
Although we were an indoors on a very sunny day, more than 100 people passed through our door to immerse themselves into Paddington’s rich past. Those dropping by could learn about Paddington’s heritage, divided into 4 themes: Local Economy, Transport, Housing and Activism. A 5th panel was dedicated to Mary Mags Project informing people about the history of the project itself. Visitors could also enjoy a glimpse into the past by watching a short film about Paddington’s Transport Heritage and by listening into 6 different stories from people living in the local area. Children as well were engaged in our exhibition by drawing how they would imagine Paddington in 2040. Last but not least, visitors could pin their favourite place in the area onto a contemporary map and, if they were feeling talkative, they could share their stories with us. Overall, there was a high level of engagement and a sort of excitement when people read, watched and heard (hi)stories of their local area. Our Heritage Pioneers played a big part in the research and writing, so it was an exhibition created for and with the local community.