Croydon Council Culture Seminar 8 July

Councillor Timothy Godfrey has convened a seminar on the future of culture in Croydon for 8 July – see details in previous posting on Croydon developments.

I had produced a discussion paper which I have sent to those on my Croydon email lists and to Labour Councillors.

It covers: financial realities, reversing the Tory damage, Labour’s Cultural Strategy 2006, The Tory years, a vision for culture, heritage as culture, educational and training institutions, community cohesion and diversity, the cultures of health, physical activity and sports, musical and arts heritage, the concept of ‘spiritual capital’ heritage and culture of BME and new settlers, racism, public history, the history of mutuality, protecting the built environment, the limits of the digital world, heritage objectives for cultural strategy, and where next?

A Draft Vision Statement

We would like everyone to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities which will: help them develop their skills and talents to their fullest, broaden their intellectual and creative horizon; increase their well being; promote community engagement and cohesion through an appreciation of Croydon’s diversity, and; foster a sense of place and belonging within the neighbourhoods and communities of the borough, and contribute to protecting and celebrating the past as reflected in the local built and open space environment.

 Copies are available from me by emailing


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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