Course overview

The two sessions of this course, with guest speaker Neil Houghton, will provide students with an outline of the main types of industry found in the area, together with a summary of those which are known to have existed but for which almost no records remain. One session will provide this ‘context’ but the emphasis will be on how we know what we know about these sites. The second session will essentially train students in some elementary techniques which will allow them to record what remains of these rapidly disappearing sites. The exciting thing is that almost no work has been done on this away from studies of the largest industrial sites which were actually atypical in this area of London. Here is an opportunity to come along and learn how to make a genuinely important contribution to this aspect of our area’s history.

Course description

Like many areas of London, Waltham Forest was home to a wide range of industries – particularly from the late nineteenth century. In recent years many of the sites they occupied have been demolished and replaced with ‘Brownfield’ residential development. Sites ranged from small domestic manufactories to huge purpose-built structures housing industries as diverse as filmmaking to one of the first production-lines for commercial vehicles. This course, although necessarily short, will equip students with a basic toolkit of skills and techniques which will allow them to identify, classify and record those sites remaining. Students will learn how to identify, research and record these through the use of elementary photographic and measured records as well as being introduced to the range of archival and documentary sources which are available. Where possible advice on projects which students have already have an interest will be accommodated, and suggestions

for further fieldwork will also be made.

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