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EXPERIENCES, MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS


The Strandlines team is thinking of the community in these difficult times: we wish everyone well, and hope you stay healthy and safe despite so many unforeseen circumstances.

In these extraordinary times, we particularly welcome all impressions, memories, reflections on how life on and around the Strand is affected in the period of Covid-19 and the lock-down of London. Please get in touch here or via our social media - we would love to hear from you.

Arundel Great Court: between redevelopment and conservation

By Myfanwy Boudry | 23 May 2020 |

180 Strand, the remaining part of the former Arundel Great Court, is located between Somerset House and the Inner Temple. Constructed between 1971 and 1976 the building stands as a brutalist landmark in the heart of the Strand. Once a multi-use office space, now an art and fashion hub, the site will soon be redeveloped…

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#MyStrand: Brian, Platform Staff at Charing Cross

By Strandlines Editors | 17 May 2020 |

My name is Brian and my job on the Strand is Platform Staff at London Charing Cross. I have been working on the railway since July 2010, so almost 10 years. My time of work varies each week. I do a 3 shift work pattern doing 6am – 2pm, 2pm – 10pm, or 10pm –…

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Repost from Courtauld Digital Media: Pictures of London in the Age of Social Media

By Strandlines Editors | 11 May 2020 |

Editors’ note: The Strandlines editors are always scouring for news and research about the Strand area. Below we’re delighted to be sharing a short extract from ‘The Strand Statues’, a piece by Ruby Gaffney, a Courtauld Connects Digitisation Placement student. Thank you to the Courtauld Digitisation team for allowing us to share. The Courtauld Connects…

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Life and Work on the Tower RNLI Lifeboat Pier

By Myfanwy Boudry | 5 May 2020 |

Anyone who has crossed the Waterloo bridge might have noticed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Pier, on the north side of the Thames. This is the busiest lifeboat station in the United-Kingdom. I spoke to Stan Todd, a full-time helmsman on the station, and looked over archive materials, to find out more about how the…

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Stranded

By Laurie Wiegler | 2 May 2020 |

This is where Samuel Johnson first inspired me Where I discovered the Queen Victoria statue unexpectedly Devoured small tuna sandwiches with cucumber And realized one night, mournfully, I was too old to join the fun at the pub. It’s where I left my laptop at a café while eating lunch one day, Scurrying back to…

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Lives on the Strand: Past, present, and creative

STRANDLINES EXPLORES ONE OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS STREETS, THE STRAND, AND ITS PAST AND PRESENT COMMUNITIES

A performance at King's
EXPERIENCES, STORIES AND RECOLLECTIONS

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This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings, audio recordings and films can be viewed.

The Strand, today
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Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

Maureen Duffy
A BIOGRAPHICAL CELEBRATION

Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy is a playwright, poet, novelist and biographer. She is also an activist, having spent much of her life campaigning for authors’ rights, human rights, gay rights and animal rights.

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HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A STRAND

The Strandlines digital community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

But it is also a place where residents, workers and visitors can engage with one another by sharing stories and images.

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

A strand could be:

  • An anecdote about an incident that took place on the Strand recently, or many years ago.
  • A story about one of the Strand’s many lines: backstreets that connect the Strand with Covent Garden; the parallel line of the River Thames.
  • A photograph of a building on the Strand, or of someone who used to live or work in the locality.
  • An object found on or near the Strand.

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STRANDLINES IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF A GREAT MANY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS