Events to remember and celebrate the campaign to save Covent Garden

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Camilla Bergman

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Covent Garden Community Association have teamed up with Westminster City Archives to put on some exciting events to celebrate the 70s and 80s campaign to save Covent Garden from the developers.

  • Did you live in Covent Garden in the 70s and 80s?
  • Did you take part in the demonstrations to save Covent Garden from demolition?
  • Do you remember the Japanese Garden and the Community Garden?
  • Do you remember the market before it moved to Nine Elms?

We are looking for local people, past and present, to take part in this project by having their memories recorded and possibly even be interviewed for a documentary being made by pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School and digital:works

Dates for your diary...

Friday 3 May 2013  Peter Daniel of Westminster Archives is back by popular demand to kick of the project events. Peter will lead a lively discussion about the campaign to save Covent Garden from developers. Rare footage of that period will be screened.

Venue: Seven Dials Club 42 Earlham Street London WC2H 9LA

Friday 10 May 2013 Hope Wolf and students from Kings College London will be interviewing and recording local peoples memories from the campaign and the market days. Rare footage from Covent Garden Festival in 1975 and 1976 will be shown.

Contact Camilla (details below) if you would like to take part and be interviewed.

5-7 June 2013  digital:works and pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School will be interviewing and filming local people.

Contact Camilla (see below) for more information.

20 July 2013  'Covent Garden Day'. Speakers have been invited from Westminster Archives, Covent Garden Community (who were involved in the campaign) and the Royal Opera House to speak about the history of Covent Garden and the campaign to save the area. This will also be a rare chance to see Westminster's Covent Garden collection and the Covent Garden documentary. Booking essential!

Venue: Westminster City Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE  To book call 020 7641 5180

28 Sept 2013  The Covent Garden Festival and exhibition launch. A day to celebrate Covent Garden and it's community. The day will include good food, entertainment and another chance to see the recently made film 'The Battle for Covent Garden', which tells the story of Covent Garden's community who stood up and fought the planners, when the area was under threat of demolition. 

The launch of the exhibition, to be hosted at the Seven Dials , will be held as part of the festival.

Venue: Seven Dials Club 42 Earlham Street London WC2H 9LA

The events are all free and have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For further information contact


This page was added by Camilla Bergman on 08/04/2013.

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