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Heritage Lottery Fund gives the Go Ahead to All Aboard for Stockwell

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £49,400 to the architectural education charity Our Hut to run a programme of events over the next 18 months focusing on the heritage of the Stockwell Bus Garage in South London. It will ultimately coincide with the Bus Garage’s 60th anniversary and the 2012 Olympics.

In a recent lecture at the Royal Academy, Will Self referred to Stockwell Bus Garage as ‘London’s most important building’. Yet this triumph of Modernism is not well known either locally or more widely by Londoners; it features more prominently in European books on architecture and engineering than it does in British ones. All Aboard for Stockwell aims to remedy this situation and raise the profile of this remarkable building.

When it was built in 1952, the Grade II* listed concrete bus garage boasted the largest unsupported area under one roof in Europe. It is remarkable from a number of different perspectives: its design and construction; its history, including its importance as a place of employment for people arriving on the Windrush; and its day-to-day operation as a vital transport hub, servicing and housing buses for Go-Ahead London. It is still a major employer in the area.

The All Aboard for Stockwell project will be run by Lucy Lavers, Judy Ovens and Suzanna Prizeman of Our Hut, working with partners Go-Ahead London, the London Transport Museum, the Twentieth Century Society, Lambeth City Learning Centre and the Stockwell Partnership. The aim is to involve as broad a section of the local community as possible. It will culminate in a final event which will showcase outcomes from all the different activities: 2D and 3D artwork from schools and local community groups; oral histories recording the memories of those involved in the design and construction of the garage, people who worked there and local residents; and a musical soundscape, inspired by the bus garage made by young people working with composer
Duncan Chapman.

Groups will be lucky enough to tour the working garage as the public does not normally have access to it and there will also be bus tours enabling participants to experience the best of London's architectural heritage. A permanent archive of the oral histories will be held at the London Transport Museum. Finally a Friends of Stockwell Bus Garage will be set up as a legacy to the project.

Volunteers will be recruited to work on the project. They will be trained to collect oral histories, develop a website, assist in workshops and lead and coordinate a bus tour. Recruitment dates for volunteers and people with memories of the bus garage will be advertised shortly; but in the meantime please contact Our Hut by email – ourhut@hotmail.com -- if you are interested.

The Our Hut team said, “We are delighted that this award will enable us to deliver a project to the local community which will celebrate the fantastic architectural gem in the midst of Stockwell and to give people the opportunity to be involved in creative workshops using the garage as a
catalyst”

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. Since 1994 it has supported more than 33,9000 projects, allocating over £4.5 billion across the UK. See www.hlf.org.uk
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