The ‘Battle of Lewisham’ was, undoubtedly, underpinned and organised by a politically motivated opposition to broader issue of racism and fascism.
However, while this organised activism played a central role, the events of the 13 August 1977 were also a genuine grassroots reaction from a local community angered by years of racist activity.
These are sides of the story that are often overlooked, but they are perspectives which we are keen to reveal and celebrate and we need your help to do that.
How can you get involved?
1. Please give us your opinion on the wording for the Lewisham Maroon plaque.
The plaque will belong to the community and it is vital that it reflects popular opinion. There is not much room, so it has to be concise, but please vote for your choice or contact us with alternative suggestions.
- You can vote online here
- Tweet! Send your ideas to @GoldsmithsUoL and tag #Lewisham1977
- Vote in person at one of the following venues: (3-14 April) The Albany, Telegraph Hill Centre, Lewisham Central Library, (17-28 April) Deptford Lounge, New Cross Learning, The Archibald Corbett Community Library, Arts and Heritage Centre.
2. Do you remember the 1977 ‘Battle of Lewisham’?
Were you there? Do you know someone who was? Do you have any memorabilia from the day?
We would love to hear from you and to record your memories as part of our oral history project.
We will be running a series of Oral History Drop-in events in the Lewisham area (details to follow soon) and we would love to hear from you.
Please contact us if you have memories of the ‘Battle of Lewisham’
3. Join us to commemorate and celebrate the 40th Anniversary at events between 11-13 August 2017.
The public events will provide an opportunity for people to come together to share their memories and to help compile a lasting and compressive account of the events in August 1977. The ‘Battle of Lewisham’ was a community action and we want to the community to join us in remembering and commemorating it.