Inspired by the Subway project


Project people & partners

Sally Empson Tour Guide Trainer

Sally works regularly as a London Blue Badge tourist guide. She has been showing London to business people, tour groups and individuals since 1991. She regularly shows people around St Pauls Cathedral & Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Windsor, the British Museum and general sightseeing. As a qualified lecturer she gives talks to private groups and for guide training.

Gillian Edom Researcher

Gillian has been involved in research for the last 18 years initially in her specialist area of textiles where her work was published in a number of journals and in her 2011 book From Sting to Spin: A History of Nettle Fibre. In recent years, whilst working closely with the West Sussex Record Office, she has worked on several heritage projects and been responsible for co-ordinating and training volunteers. The encouragement support and advice offered can be seen in the Joining up our Heritage project where two of the volunteers had their research published. Gillian is also the keeper of a large family archive and is currently facilitating access to records for three separate researchers.

Sarah Lowry Oral historian

Sarah has worked in the field of oral history since 2004. Most recently she worked at the Foundling Museum, managing a project which recorded the life stories of 80 people who grew up in the care of the Foundling Hospital in the first half of the 20th century. Before this she ran the Refugee Communities History Project, which collected over 170 interviews with those who had come to London as refugees since 1951. Sarah now works as an accredited trainer for the National Life Stories Archive at the British Library. She is also a Trustee of the Oral History Society.

The LMA is home to a vast collection of materials about London including documents, images, maps, films and books. Some records relating to the Crystal Palace subway are already stored in the archive and these are an important part of the project.

Volunteers and participants are delighted to be able to add to the collection as materials gathered during the project will be deposited at the LMA where they will be stored correctly and made accessible to future researchers.

The Friends of Crystal Palace Subway will be working in partnership with Crystal Palace Community Development Trust to engage up to 25 adults and 40 children in this project. 'Inspired by the Subway' will deliver training opportunities to local people in research, media and heritage skills. Participants will gain a greater insight into the history of the Subway and the local area and will have the opportunity to put this knowledge to use by completing a short course in Tourist Guiding towards the end of the project. Alongside the heritage work two groups of young local artists will have the opportunity to extend their critical, communication and creative skills and develop work for an exhibition based on the Subway.

Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area. This project will enable local people to learn about the history of a site that has been closed to the public for many years despite being one of the few surviving architectural features associated with the Crystal Palace. The Grade II listed structure, which opened in 1865, resembles a Byzantine crypt and was built by Italian cathedral builders using cream and terracotta bricks.

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