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Art and Culture

20 10, 2015

Albert McKenzie VC

London is full of statues to long forgotten generals and field-marshals. It's not very often that an ordinary lad from a poor background gets to be memorialized in our streets. And even more unusual is that this particular World War I hero came from Bermondsey and his memorial sculpture has just been made in Rotherhithe! [...]

13 10, 2015

A Concert Hall for SE16

The problem for Robert Hulse - Director of the Brunel Museum - was that everyone who came to the Engine House wanted to see the tunnel itself. Buried some hundred feet below the museum the Thames Tunnel (not remember the Rotherhithe Tunnel which carries cars in a twentieth century construction) now carries the London Overground [...]

11 10, 2015

Artouride – Art and Design on the move

Buy a shipping container, fill it with ten Brompton folding bikes and set up your business in an active boatyard - and do it all on Boxing Day 2011! "Not a bad way to make a start in your own business," says Jack Blake. She has been guiding bike tours from her SE16 base ever [...]

17 09, 2015

CGP London – in the heart of Southwark Park

We have a unique gallery in Southwark Park, one organisation with two complementary spaces. One the Cafe Gallery is at the heart of the park whilst the second - Dilston Grove - sits on the southwest edge. Together they form the CGP Gallery and Judith Carlton is the new Director following the departure of the [...]

14 07, 2015

Album Gallery

We all love a good picture but Paul Bridge is out to persuade us that great photographs are worth printing and putting on display. ‘Too often today people see photography as disposable,’ says Paul. ‘But the reality is that you can take a snap but you have to make a photograph.’ Paul is determined to [...]

18 03, 2015

Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society

Our local choir has become a local institution yet many who live here really don’t know much about it. Their Musical Director Sue Heath-Downey gave me an hour and a half of her time to find out all about the choir’s development and how they make music for everyone. So how did the choir get [...]

24 02, 2015

Sands Film Concerts

The music scene in SE16 has recently been enhanced with the opening of the Sands Films Studio as a World Music venue. The person behind this transformation is Eleanor Thorn who as TunedIn.London has been working to bring some of the best performing artists to Rotherhithe. We met and chatted over a coffee. So what [...]