Goldsmiths at the Telegraph Hill Festival 2018

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For the third year running, Goldsmiths is proud to support the local Telegraph Hill Festival, two weeks of events organised for the community, by the community.

A section of Charles Booth's famous poverty map of London, focusing on Deptford and New Cross.

Dr John Price will lead walks based on Booth's famous poverty map

With over 100 events from 10 -25 March, this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet. 

From a social hackathon, to a ‘Deptford Opera’ written and performed by local young people, Goldsmiths is contributing a range of events and activities showcasing the talents of our staff, students, and the community.   

Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, said: “We are delighted to support the Telegraph Hill Festival.

“Goldsmiths shares the Festival’s creative and imaginative ethos and commitment to building a strong sense of community”.

This year, Head of the Department of History, Dr John Price, will lead two interactive walks exploring Victorian Deptford and the radical history of New Cross.

For ‘Walking with Booth: Deptford 1899’, participants will be led on a walking tour of Deptford through the eyes of Victorian social investigator Charles Booth and his famous poverty map.

Drawing directly from Booth’s notebooks, Dr Price will lead groups on a partial re-creation of one of the original walks, highlighting the ever-evolving nature of the modern city.

While for ‘Radical New Cross’, participants will discover how local events shaped national debates and resonated globally, taking in 1870s radical preacher Rev. Arthur Tooth, secret WWI conscientious objector trials in Deptford Town Hall, the 1977 Battle of Lewisham, and the tragedy of the New Cross Fire.

Price said: “It’s very much about creating a dialogue between local people and historians at Goldsmiths.

 “It’s all about sharing knowledge and sharing experiences”.

Goldsmiths’ student computing society, Hacksmiths, are also getting in on the festivities, organising a 'Code & Craft' event where anyone can learn new skills and get hands-on tech support for their personal projects. 

Whether participants want to learn about web development, how to set up an online business, programming languages, or practical electronics using our brand new Hardware Lab, Hacksmiths will set up a space for local people to collaborate, learn new skills, and build ‘awesome projects’.

On the final weekend of the Festival, local young people from Deptford Green and Addey & Stanhope schools will perform ‘Untitled (A Deptford Opera)’ taking the audience on a powerful journey into the heart of Deptford through new urban music, film and performance.

Organised by Goldsmiths’ Saturday Music Club, the next generation of producers, rappers, singers, filmmakers, and multi-instrumentalists have been given a space to make their creative visions a reality, supported by professionals and Goldsmiths students.

Last, but by no means least, MA students from the Department of Theatre and Performance are organising a day of fun workshops for people of all ages, exploring themes of communication and community. Participants will be able to engage with diverse techniques and art forms, ranging from movement and dance, to drawing and craft.

Looking ahead, Goldsmiths will be working with the Telegraph Hill Centre to put on an intergenerational art exhibition exploring issues affecting the local community. Young people will collaborate with the Centre’s Branching Out art group to display new artworks at Goldsmiths’ 310 New Cross Road in July.