Friday, April 18, 2014

Has The Tide Turned? - 21 Years of Urban Change in Deptford

It is two decades since Jess Steele published her book 'Turning the Tide: the history of everyday Deptford' at the height of the Deptford City Challenge regeneration programme. Next Friday April 25th 2014, the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths is holding an event to look at what's changed since and 'possible futures for the area'.

In the afternoon (3.30 – 5.30) there will be a seminar on 'The changing face of “regeneration” in London' with short talks from speakers including Alison Rooke, Michael Keith, Heidi Seetzen, Rob Imrie and Luna Glucksberg

From 5.30 – 6.00 there will be 'Screenings and sound intervention: Creative Responses to Urban Change in Deptford' (food and drinks provided)

And then from 6.00 – 8.00 there will be a Workshop on '21 Years of Urban Regeneration in Deptford' starting with 'Short provocations by: Ben Gidley, Jess Steele, Jessica Leech, Neil Transpontine, and Joe Montgomery' followed by roundtable discussions on areas including:

- Creative Deptford: arts, culture and regeneration
- Housing and neighbourhood
- DIY Deptford: regeneration from below?
- Convoys Wharf: regeneration or land grab?
- The changing face of Deptford: migration, identity, diversity and generation

Don't worry if you can't make it to the afternoon session and just want to come to the Deptford session from 6:00pm.  The event is free and will take place in the Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber, all welcome, but please register in advance if possible so that they can plan for numbers (email

As you can see I will be having a short 'provocation' spot, there are others local bloggers better qualified no doubt, but with my local history hat on I don't think I will have any trouble filling my ten minutes!

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