Make your mark on Stanley’s history

We’ve been given Heritage Lottery Funding for an interesting local history project, now we need your help. SPI’s Fundraising Officer, Dr Debbie Challis tells all…..

HLF logoThe Stanley People’s Initiative (SPI) has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to find out more about the past of Stanley Halls and put on a touring exhibition around South Norwood. Stanley Halls was donated and designed by the local inventor William Stanley. We want to find out more about the building and the people who used it.

We want to look at three strands of use: theatricals, eg. amateur dramatics and operatics; community, eg: special occasions such as the 1953 coronation; and entertainment, eg: tea dances and bingo. We want to combine researching and making public existing documentation with discovering and recording people’s stories about Stanley Halls.

We Need You!

We are looking for volunteers to help us with this project. There will be fortnightly meetings, early evening / after work, from September to November with training on research techniques, recording oral histories and using digital media as well as time to share knowledge. If you haven’t time to get so involved, we also need your stories and memories of Stanley Halls so please get in touch.

We will share the information gathered through a mobile exhibition on Stanley Halls that would go to local libraries, schools and other enclosed public spaces in the South Norwood area. At the end of the project, the mobile exhibition would be displayed in Stanley Halls when it re-opens.

We will share interesting snippets of research via our twitter feed @StanleyHalls and post stories on our blog. We would also populate the Stanley Halls Channel on History Pin with stories (recordings if possible) and photographs.

We want to find out more about how Stanley Halls has been at the heart of the community in South Norwood. We want to share this information within our community. We also want to use it to persuade funders that this building needs investment and support. By helping Stanley People’s Initiative in this project on the past of Stanley Halls, you would be helping us secure its future.

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