I mentioned a while ago in a previous blog post that I have been involved in a project looking into the history of Centerprise. Centerprise was a cafe, bookshop, youth arts space, publishing project, and housing advice service (the last of which my father was involved with).
The project has taken place over the last two years or so, with people volunteering in their spare time. A huge amount of material has been drawn from Bishopsgate Institute's vast archive among other source (covered in my previous blog post linked to above). This work archiving, mapping, interviewing, scanning and digitally converting will culminate in a launch party on Saturday 26th November, from 11:00-16:00, at the Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Learning & Technology Centre,1 Reading Lane, Hackney, E8 1GQ [map], where a website, book and mobile phone app will be launched.
Entrance is free but people interested need to register first at this Eventbrite page. There are still some tickets left. If the tickets sell out, it may still be possible to turn up.
The order of the day will be:
- 11am – 11.30 Welcome to the day, including words from Margaret Gosley (co-founder) on how Centerprise began.
- 11.30-12.00 Tours of the People Power exhibition by curator, Niti Acharya
- 11:45 – 12:45 Panel Discussion 1 - Centerprise and education, past and present
- 12:45 pm- 13:45 Light lunch available in learning room
Tours of the People Power exhibition by curator, Niti Acharya
- 13:45 – 14:45 Panel Discussion 2 – The legacy of Centerprise
- 14:45 – 15:30 Open mic: performances and readings from Centerprise and beyond
- 15.30 - 16.00 Plenary discussion: have the final word on A Hackney Autobiography
There will also be coffee and snacks available.
Details of the app, website and book will be put up here subsequently.