About the project
Our Good Neighbours is a project to commemorate 12 unsung heroes of Battersea with 12 plaques permanently installed around our historic Town Hall building.
This has already been an incredible vehicle for community outreach, every section of the project is focused around engaging local groups. We have gathered inspirational local stories through visits, events and workshops, as well as online campaigns.
Phase One: We carried out multiple visits and engaged with local groups including six local Care Homes, Hestia Age Activities Centre and Wandsworth Older People’s Forum event.
In addition to many meetings with Community partners, we also attended community events and local heritage meetings.
We collaborated with a group from the Wandsworth University of the 3rd Age (U3A) to continue academic research. We held weekly research groups at BAC and also in the Archive housed in Lavender Hill library.
Events: We put on three fantastic OGN events: a launch with 50 local neighbours and established figures (including MP Jane Ellison). We then did a U3A led nominations sharing (well attended by staff, the U3A group and Community Key Players ) and ended with a Community update event, facilitated by Sue Palmer, attended by workshop groups (including Contact Club members who had not been into the building previously).
We also linked Our Good Neighbours to BAC Tours and the Heritage day. Deanna Rogers ran a Homegrown spoken word workshop about heroes, neighbours and inspiration, Shelia Ghelani and Sue Palmer led a session on working with Older People and Tref Davies led an Oral History Training workshop.
Phase Two: Artist/Facilitator Sue Palmer led brilliant workshops with: Putney Village, Hestia Age Activities Centre, Contact Club, Earlsfield Library Reminiscenes Group, Meadbank Care Home.
To increase the visibility at BAC we commissioned Artist Amy Pennington to make two interactive installations, housed in the Battersea Arts Centre foyer and Battersea Library entrance.