Working River: An Oral History of London’s Boatyards (2017)

In 2017 I managed the project 'Working River', documenting the living history of London's boatyards, from the Thames Barrier up to Teddington Lock. The project was run by the wonderful Thames Festival Trust, in partnership with the Museum of London, supported with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. To help make this project happen,… Continue reading Working River: An Oral History of London’s Boatyards (2017)

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The Birth of Architectural Salvage

The Birth of Architectural Salvage in 1977: The sometimes savage salvage of architectural features, monuments and materials has a long history. From nomadic architectures, to ancient ruins, and recent revivals such as Classicism with architects such as Sir John Soane’s own eclectic collections. However, as it is understood today, the terminology of architectural salvage can… Continue reading The Birth of Architectural Salvage

Review: The View from the Train by Patrick Keiller

Patrick Keiller’s film London (1994) has haunted and intrigued me since I first saw it nearly five years ago. The film, a blend of documentary and fiction, presents a year in London as seen through the eyes of an imaginary protagonist, Robinson, whose thoughts and insights are related by an unnamed narrator. Keiller, through Robinson, seeks to… Continue reading Review: The View from the Train by Patrick Keiller

London Through The Lens: The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

When describing his influences for the film Get Carter (1971), the acclaimed director Mike Hodges cited two films which had supremely fueled his gritty portrayal of cockney criminality. The first being Brighton Rock (1947) the film derived from Graham Greene’s book of criminality centering on the young psychopathic ‘Pinkie’. And the second, much less well known,was The Small World of… Continue reading London Through The Lens: The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)