Southwark Community Voices

Welcome to Southwark  Community Voices!

About the project: London is increasingly, a fast changing city. We wanted to capture a sliver of the history of the area that is within living memory, by talking to people who have lived, worked and written about the area.

Following our successful film project, “Southwark Voices”, where we looked at the history of Bermondsey pre and post WWII in a general way, we have received a National Lotter  grant of £9,900 from The Heritage Lottery Fund to begin work on new documentary “The End of an Era: Women and Work post WWII in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe”.

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We are looking for community volunteers to come and work with us on the project, helping us source interviewees and archives. We are keen to talk to people who have stories, photographs and films about women family members who worked in one or the factories in the area before the dock closures resulted in them closing down and relocating. We are also looking for general archive photographs and footage (film or video) to accompany interviews.

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We are also running documentary making training workshops on sat 4th, 11th and 18th August from 10am – 2pm for aspiring archivists and documentarists.

The workshops will take place at: The Tenants Hall, Canada Estate, Old Works Yard, SE16 7BB.       Google map

We will be working in small groups of 8 to make short interview style documentary inserts of between 5-7min and this is open to all adults 18+ interested in creating short documentary films or archives about Bermondsey/Rotherhithe. We will look at sound, lighting, shooting, interviewing and all short films will be linked to this webpage.

You can download the flyer:  WWORK front

This project started as a short film, “Southwalk Voices” about the people in the Bermondsey and North Southwark area, sponsored by the United St Saviours Community Grant . You can see the film here: Southwark Voices


Peake Freen Biscuit Factory Pic Credit: Rotherhithe Picture Research Library


Please contact  us here




SCREENING – The End of an Era: Women and Work Post WWII in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe

The Screening of our Heritage Lottery Funded Film – The End of an Era: Women & Work post WWII in Bermondsey & Rotherhithe will take place on 29th September 2019, at Time and Talents, The Old Mortuary,  Marychurch Street, SE16 4JE    6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm. Q&A 7.00pm
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