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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.

Sensible Stillness

By Clare Brant | 20 March 2020 | 4 Comments

In 1796 Mary Wollstonecraft reflected in print on her travels in Scandinavia. One topic she addressed was quietness. She alludes to the ‘stupid stillness’ of London on a Sunday… which came to mind as I walked along the Strand on a spring morning, 17 March 2020, the day before London lock-down because of coronavirus Covid-19.…

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People of the Strand: Helen Noni Jabavu (1919-2008)

By Sarah Mir | 16 March 2020 | 5 Comments

The Strand Magazine, most popularly known as home to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, launched in 1891. However, dwindling circulation coupled with inflating costs eventually led to the closure of the publication in March 1950. Eleven years buried, Ernest Kay and crime novelist, John Creasey, came together as joint proprietors to revive the literary magazine.…

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People of the Strand: Jonathan Sisson (1692 – 1749)

By Susan Snell | 13 March 2020 | 2 Comments

Jonathan Sisson established a scientific instrument making business at the corner of Beaufort Buildings in the Strand, London. The attic rooms included an observatory, the exterior visible in a drawing by the freemason, Thomas Sandby.[1] Sandby was the architect of the first Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street, which was completed in 1766. For many…

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Protests: spring 2020

By Francesca Allfrey | 10 March 2020 | 0 Comments

Workers, students, and anyone visiting the Strand can’t have missed the picket lines, teach outs, and rallies taking place outside the King’s and Courtauld campuses over 14 days in March. Workers from across the both universities on the Strand – including cleaners and library staff as well as teachers – were joined by students and…

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The Women Writers’ Club

By Aisha Brady | 6 March 2020 | 0 Comments

“The Writers’ Club which has its rooms in Hastings House, Norfolk Street Strand, is both social and professional. Both characters are successfully combined, and it affords pleasant entertainment and many comfortable privileges to a class of hardworking women who have little time for social life, enabling them to help each other in the most direct…

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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.

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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
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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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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