Lecture (Week 4)

During the first part of this lecture we spent some time discussing the observations that we had made during the week. This led onto a discussion about audience and who we intend to view our project and the issues involved in performing within a street setting as some members of the class are planning on doing.

Found this discussion particularly interesting with regards to our thoughts about our own project because although we are not making a spectacle of ourselves on the street we are inviting other individuals to make a performance out of themselves by partaking in our map walk, although they will not have anything to distinguish them from the rest of the public they are essentially performing. This train of thought made me consider what kind of audience we want to market out project towards. This is something that I will address when I next talk to my group so that we have a clear target group and can start marketing.

During the second half of the lecture we spent some time looking around the library. After much discussion as a group we decided on the area that we want our map to focus on. The Haggerston area of Hackney, near where we met at the ‘Proud archivist’ the previous week. This was because we have been exploring Hackney for a number of weeks now and the location that we have chosen conveys very clearly a series of contrasts; old and new, poor and rich, noise and silence. For this reason we hope that our participants will be able to observe a plethora of differences as well as discovering multiple points of interest.

With this in mind we then delved through the archive in order to locate some maps of the area from years gone by and evaluate and discover the differences.

Here are the differences that we discovered;

Here is what we found:

  • 1870 Map (VIII 27): Independent Gas Works, soup kitchen, India rubber works, Dalston distillery, ice warehouse, stone yard, timber yard, St Mary’s Church, fountain, Shoreditch almshouses, Military Barracks and Imperial Gas Works.
  • 1894-96 Map: Gas Works loss their names, new tramway, Independent Gas Work has grown in size, soda water manufactory/mineral water and gas meter manufactory.
  • 1935 Map: Independent Gas Works has changed, Military Barracks been replaced by LPTB Garage, a school is now located near the Gas Works, factories still there, St Mary’s Church still there, Haggerston Swimming Baths have been built, Shoreditch Power Station been built and the canal has changed from Regents to Grand Union.
  • 1938 Map: Queens Road becomes Queensbridge Road, Gas Works extended, buildings gone but factories still there.
  • 1953 Map: Ruins, new playground and Haggerston Basin is gone.

Below are some images of that maps that we located;




One thought on “Lecture (Week 4)

  1. Excellent work, Jess. I really like how you are demonstrating the process of your project development in relation to maps and sound. I think it would be useful to go back over some of the points and see if you can add a reference or two (I would suggest Pearson and Pinder) to any of your ideas and thoughts. Also how about labelling the maps with dates and a bit more info?

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