The Westminster Archives website has a niche for Community History. The webpage says that it offers a chance to Explore the history of Westminster’s communities through our projects and exhibitions. So as I’ve never been one not to follow a path that offers information on family or community history I clicked on the button and it took me to another page which offered a choice of
Westminster Memories – Explore Westminster’s history through our network of interactive sites
Soho Memories – Discover Soho past and present, and share your own memories of this colourful district
Church Street Memories – Take a trip down memory lane with our site dedicated to Church Street’s history
St John’s Wood Memories – Experience St John’s Wood as it used to be through images, stories and first-hand accounts
West End at War – Westminster City Archives tells the story of the London Blitz through an exciting new website, reminiscence sessions and an animation project
Black & Asian History – Sources for Black and Asian history in Westminster, including online exhibition galleries
Clicking on the Soho Memories I found a page offering links to the Italian Community in Soho, Changing Face of Soho and memories about Eric Singer Boulevardier, journalist, architect, Martin Green Writer & publisher and Eddie S Linden Poet and publisher of Aquarius poetry magazine and several others.
It seems that anyone who has memories or photos of Soho can register and add their memories etc. to the site. Having read a few of the memories and had a look at the page about the Italian influence in Soho I have bookmark the site and will come back regularly to see what other goodies have been added.
A great idea by Westminster Archives to allow the community to record it’s own history. I shall have to work on a piece about my ancestors who lived in Soho in the 19th century, who knows what leads might come from that.
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