Uncertainty Faces Borough of Culture 2023 and Other Croydon Culture News

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


Croydon Composers

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




Black History


Croydon Shared

This is an online archive documenting life in Croydon post 23 March. Share your experience @croydonshared


Croydon History Groups

Bourne Society

Index to its publications.

New 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:


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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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