The Takeaway Shop opens for local history art project

The Takeaway Shop of Deptford, open for one week only, is a local history project and knowledge exchange put together by artist Amy Lord.

High street poster
High street poster

Armed with photographs and facts mined through her own research, Lord is inviting the community to share local history distilled in hand-made books which she will teach people to bind. Five techniques will be taught including pamphlet stitching and tape stitching.

Tsar Peter III loved Deptford
Tsar Peter III loved Deptford

Anyone is invited to ‘come with nothing and leave with something’ says Lord who has also invited local history enthusiasts, and unfurled her own facts, like this one.

 ‘There have been 4 whale sightings in Deptford from 1658 to 1965. In 1965 a school of 20 whales was sighted between Woolwich pier and Deptford,’ says Lord.

Goldsmiths students circa 1900
Goldsmiths students circa 1900

Treasures already found include photographs of live modeling at the Goldsmiths Institute from circa 1900, and this dramatic image of the Great Flood of 1928.

Roll out the barrel: The 1928 Great Flood sends rum and grain through the streets of Deptford

Books made by Lord and those made by others but not taken home will be distributed throughout the local community.

Playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed in Deptford – possibly in a bar brawl – and was buried in the Churchyard at St Nicholas’ Church, but no-one knows where.

If you can exhume the secrets of the dead, or are a bit handy at book binding, head to: The Takeaway Shop, 82 Tanners Hill, Deptford,  London, SE8 4PN, between 20-27 January 2012. 

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