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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.

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.

The Strand as photographed by Anthony Frank Kersting

By Francesca Allfrey | 11 August 2020 |

Anthony Frank Kersting was a prolific (and under-celebrated!) photographer of the 20th century. His collection of thousands of photographic prints and negatives, including glass plates, have been held at the Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art since his death in 2008. The collection is being digitised as part of a huge project that…

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#MyStrand: Carol and Jenny Pham

By Francesca Allfrey | 4 August 2020 |

One of the things I’ve missed the most during lockdown is grabbing lunch from one of the small businesses on the Strand. I drop in on Co’m In Vietnamese Cafe at 69 Strand every few weeks for a baguette or soup. Craving a bánh mì, I found myself scrolling on Co’m In’s instagram @comin_vietcafe, and…

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Heaven Version 2.8

By Michael Handrick | 19 July 2020 |

The brick archways drip, flesh drips. The flicker of glitter. Flashes of red and yellow and blue imprint on the back of my eyes. We drip, drip in neon. Hand-shadows on my face, on my body. Foreign hands on my flesh, familiar hands on my skin. No signal. It’s freedom for a night, freedom from…

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A Dickensian Necropolis, our ‘new normal’ London

By Sarah Mir | 12 July 2020 |

As we entered a new decade, little did we know that three months down the line our bustling thoroughfare would come to be haunted by the shadows of London’s Victorian past. Transforming into a flaneur-like figure in the dead of the night to combat his insomnia, Charles Dickens documented his traversing of London in the…

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#MyStrand: Justin Sherin, playwright and screenwriter

By Francesca Allfrey | 6 July 2020 |

I often scour Instagram for gorgeous, strange, or mysterious looking photographs of the Strand, historical and contemporary. @WychStreet, an account run by Justin Sherin, is an account I return to again and again, as the photographs – and generous evocative captions – instantly transport me into the past. Justin was kind enough to share some…

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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