V&A LANSBURY MICRO MUSEUM -NEW HORIZONS
COMISSIONED BY V&A EAST
Brief and objectives
Following the first installation of the V&A Lansbury Micro-Museum, Neighbourhood Number 9 series exploring The Lansbury Estate in Poplar, East London, the second exhibition
New Horizons 1950s – 1980s takes this exploration further, investigating how dramatic changes in local industry, population and transport links shaped the neighbourhood in the decades after the Festival closed. The display reveals how the fortunes of the local community were influenced by a complex web of political and planning ideologies – reaching far beyond the boundaries of the estate itself.
In order to truly understand the dynamics and effect of these changes on the local community, it was important to talk to a cross-section of the the local population part and present in order to capture personal experiences and anecdotes.
Proposal and Outcome
The best way to capture these 'oral histories' was to transform the museum into a recording both, inviting members of the public with a direct relationship to the Lansbury estate and the local area. Conversations were conducted over two days as part of an 'event' organised by the museum.
The next stage was to synthesise these conversations into a comprehensive audio-scaped piece to create a sound installation that can be heard alongside the archival photographs, drawings and original artefacts that make up the New Horizons 1950s -1980s exhibition.
Hear the second sound installation at Lansbury Micro Museum from 25th February. Open Fridays-Saturdays, 10am-4pm, Unit 27, Chrisp Street Market, Poplar, London E14 6AQ
Interviews Lucia Scazzocchio
Project Manager: Samantha Manton
Audio Production: Lucia Scazzocchio