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Historical project needs to identify Gascoyne residents from 1948

12 April 2016
A group of children on the estate in 1948

Young people in Gascoyne are searching for children snapped in a photograph from 1948, following the launch of an exciting historical project.

The photograph was taken on the Gascoyne estate just after the group returned from a trip to Southend-on-Sea.

What is the project?

Gascoyne and Morningside youth clubs are hoping to track down individuals in the photograph, as well as residents living on the estate in the 1940s. The history project is being led by Derek Smith, documentary filmmaker, with funding from Sanctuary Housing.

Brenda Blackwell, now aged 75, has already been identified as one of the children in the photo and interviewed by the young people. Her contribution will form part of the exhibition, including photography and a film, covering half a century of estate life.

The exhibition is planned to be showcased in the newly built Gascoyne Community Centre, due to open in the summer.

“Supporting our younger residents”

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary Housing’s partnerships manager, commented: “This is a really exciting project for everyone who lives on the Gascoyne Estate. I hope we find even more residents from the photograph so we are able to get a picture of what life was like on the estate in the 1900’s.

“The project as a whole is supporting our younger residents to manage their own community-led initiative, develop their personal skills and increase intergenerational relationships in the community.”

“50 years of community life”

Derek Smith added: “The exhibition and film focuses on fifty years of community life from 1948 to 1998 through the memories and photographs of residents past and present. The project will become a statement about roots, identity and community and allow both contributors and visitors of all ages to feel a part of heritage and community in Hackney, and reflect on what this means to us today as the area is transformed.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

If you know anyone in the photograph or would like more information about the project please email dereksmith48@btinternet.com or phone 07774 930 516.