Leathermarket

Short documentary film and community project.

I have worked with the Leathermarket JMB Local History Group since November 2013. From discussing memories of their streets of the past I created a short documentary film. I am looking to develop the project into a mapping system whereby you can hear their memories of a particular street as you walk that street today. The project focuses on the collective living memory of the community and their streets in Bermondsey. The project and film link to my dissertation, ‘How does site specific participatory art effect and relate to the community?’.


Film synopsis:

The gentrified area of Bermondsey, South London is rapidly changing, ‘Leathermarket’, a documentary short film, brings personal stories of local history to a new audience, using archive footage of London from the 1920s through to the 1960s. Members of the Leathermarket JMB Local History Group discuss memories of their streets of the past; from the last marriage in the bombed Trinity Church before they locked the doors to the public forever, to playing on the bomb-sites after the Second World War; focusing on the collective living memory of the community and their streets in Bermondsey.

Follow the documentary film & project on Twitter: @leathermarket
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