Spectacle Media are hosting a series of free video archive and participatory filmmaking workshops as part of Unearthed: Collective Histories. The workshops will explore the cultural contributions of squatting movements across the borough of Lambeth, with a specific focus on the history of Rectory Gardens – a street of houses in Clapham’s Old Town, a short walk from Studio Voltaire.
Spectacle Media is a Battersea-based community interest company specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media.
They will use their extensive archive of film and audio recordings to examine the broader changes in the Clapham area over the last thirty years, from the history of Rectory Gardens, a squat-turned-housing-cooperative in Clapham’s Old Town which began life in the 1970s, to campaigns to save local streets and areas from being compulsorily purchased.
These sessions will explore archive materials as well as providing participants with hands-on practical experience in recording oral histories. Each session will be participant-led and collaborative, with the collective aim of sharing the outcomes at a public screening event at Studio Voltaire in May 2023.
Participants are welcome to join any of the six sessions and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
These workshops are free to attend and will be hosted online. If you prefer, or do not have access to a computer, you are welcome to join the workshops in-person at Studio Voltaire.