The Great and The Good

The Great and the Good is Battersea Arts Centre's celebration of radical people who have shaped our community over the last 120 years, from iconic figures to unsung heroes. 
The Great comes from The Great Hundred – 120 radical and exciting individuals who have played a memorable part in the story of our building and local area. This includes John Burns, the first working class man to enter the British Cabinet in 1892, and Kate Tempest, a spoken-word artist whose Battersea Arts Centre co-production Brand New Ancients toured extensively and won the Ted Hughes Poetry Award 2013.
The Good comes from Our Good Neighbours – 12 inspiring and selfless people who have, until now, been largely unrecognised for the change they have sparked within the local community. This project originated with a plaque dedicated to George Neighbour, a man from Battersea who lost his life rescuing others in the great fire at the Arding & Hobbs department store in 1909.
You’ll find all kinds of information about both iconic figures and unsung heroes within this exhibition on our Digital Archive, tagged with either ‘Great Hundred’ or ‘Good Neighbour’.
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John Cooper Clarke

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Ivor Cutler

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E. W. Mountford

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Edward Dobson

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Elsie Young

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George Neighbour

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Allen Ginsberg

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Charlotte Despard

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John Archer

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John Burns

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Hands Off

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Jude Kelly

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Kate Tempest

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Kazuko Hohki

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Little Bulb

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Nic Green

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Robert Hope Jones

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Shapurji Saklatvala

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Tom Morris

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William Davies