Speakers: Kate Valentine, Director, Digital Drama and TBA, Museum of Croydon

The Little Manhattan Project celebrated Croydon’s magnificent skyline and captured the memories of those who lived through the regeneration of the area between the 1950s and 1970s. A mid-century building boom transformed Croydon from being a town made up of traditional brick buildings to an architecturally modern urban space, rivalling the design, skyline and environment of major cities and earning it the nickname ‘Little Manhattan’. This famous landscape became the inspiration for a year of community activities in the borough, culminating in an exhibition at Croydon Clocktower.
A collaboration between project partners the Museum of Croydon, Croydon Libraries and Archives and multi-media production company Digital Drama and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Mayor of London Borough of Culture, the Little Manhattan Project focused on preserving memories, repurposing archival materials, and engaging the community with learning more about Croydon’s built environment and architecture.
The project was co-created with local volunteers and community groups and included a series of events including the recording of oral histories, the production of an audio tour and short film featuring archive footage, a touring pop-up exhibition with linked talks and reminiscence workshops and a towering representational collage of Croydon’s skyline made up of hundreds of prints created by young artists.
Key Components of the Presentation:
Innovative Use of Digital Archives
  • Widening digital access through the transformation of images, footage, and oral histories into an engaging audio trail and short films
  • Breathing life into the past through a dynamic fusion of technology and historical content
Co-Creation with Community Volunteers:
  • Collaborative efforts with volunteers and participants to generate accessible outputs that celebrate local heritage including audio, film, visual art and digital posters
  • The power of community storytelling as a driving force for public exhibition
Effective Project Partnership:
  • Nurturing a collaborative environment that fosters creativity, inclusivity, and shared success across a partnership of very different stakeholders such as volunteers, community groups, local charities and council departments

May 15 @ 10:00
10:00 — 10:40 (40′)

Theatre 2


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