A people’s history of postwar Lewisham

For the people, by the people

For Lewisham’s tenure as London Borough of Culture 2022, Goldsmiths, University of London supported a series of community-led projects to build an exciting new story of Lewisham’s past since 1945.

“The In Living Memory projects uncovered a range of exciting histories that are for, about, and by the people of Lewisham. People’s History is an inclusive, democratic, and empowering enterprise, and these projects produced histories that are as diverse and inspirational as Lewisham itself.”

Dr John Price, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths and In Living Memory Academic Lead.

Each project not only gathered new stories of Lewisham’s past, but each has created a range of striking creative interventions that unfolded in all corners of the borough throughout 2022, and beyond.

Read the case study, explore the In Living Memory digital archive and a series of 3D scans of some of Lewisham’s most historically significant, yet lesser known spaces. Each space has been populated with research and creative responses from each project, forming a virtual museum of the borough.

In Living Memory has informed guidance published by the National Archives for large cultural infrastructure projects and is the basis for six new education packs designed for teachers to use in the classroom.

In Living Memory in numbers: