The plans for the Borough of Culture 2023 will have to be changed due to the financial crisis and COVID crises.
Paula Murray, the Council’s Creative Director, writes in the latest Culture Network newsletter
‘Our cultural stakeholders and funders have been in touch with us to ask how all of this will affect culture in Croydon and our plans for the London Borough of Culture 2023. We will have to change our plans – we would have had to in any case given this extraordinary time we are living through – and we will pick this up with you all in the new year.’
Local Studies Forum Calls For Protection of Museum and Archives
After discussion at a Zoom meeting of the Local Studies Forum its Chair Roger Packham has written to Cabinet member Oliver Lewis, copied to all Councillors and Paula Murray, the Creative Director, saying:
‘I am writing on behalf of the above Forum to request that Croydon Council continues to fully support Museum of Croydon and the Archives Room in these difficult financial times. The Forum is made up of representatives from the several local history and related societies in the Borough.
Please be advised that the Museum of Croydon and Archives Room are in great demand by a sizeable section of local residents who would be greatly inconvenienced/disappointed by any reduction to services. Recent attendance figures should be disregarded because of Covid.
The CROYDON RECOVERY PLAN recognises the importance of rebuilding community life after Covid and together with BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2023 we believe that the Museum and the Archivist have a very important role. Recent exhibitions about Windrush and Croydon Council Housing have successfully engaged a diverse range of Croydon residents. Investment in these services will ensure that other important aspects of the Borough’s history can be presented for the education and enjoyment of an increasing number of visitors.
We urge all members of Croydon Council to support one of the Borough’s outstanding resources.’
(Local Studies Forum members: Bourne Society, Croydon Airport Society, Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (150 years old), Croydon Palace, East Surrey Family History Society, Kenley Revival Project, Shirley Windmill, and several independent researchers, including myself.)
Black Lives Matters & Borough of Culture 2023
My discussion paper on planning for the Borough of Culture was written before the Black Lives Matters movement had its global impact. Lots of Councils are now considering what it means for them in terms of qualities and diversity, school curriculum, memorialisation in statues and street names etc
Latest album presenting work by 25 Croydon artists.
Keeping Up-to Date With Singing Activity
Museum of Croydon Website
The Museum’s website has a number of new pages.
My Home is My Island, Covid-19 Stories
This is an online archive documenting life in Croydon post 23 March. Share your experience @croydonshared
Croydon History Groups
Index to its publications.
The Byrons of Coulsdon: Abroad and At Home. Nigel Elliott. £16 [add £4.00 p&p]
Richard Kearton’s Surrey Field Notes 1900-1927. Transcribed by Gwyneth Fookes. Foreword by Brian Thomas. £11 [add £3.00 p&p].
Kenley Revival Project
Although the project has officially ended, the worker continues to organise activities as a volunteer.
Croydon Airport Museum
For next open day in December see: