Waterloo Sights & Sounds film and reunion

June 8, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to the Waterloo Sights & Sounds reunion event on Wednesday 1 June at the Coin Street neighbourhood centre.  It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with many people who were involved as contributors and participants in the project and was an opportunity to see a new short film which documented the exhibition.

Waterloo Sights & Sounds from Peter Gazey on Vimeo.

A huge thank you to Peter Gazey for filming and editing the project and to Rose Ades for recording the sound among other things!

The event also shared the images and stories from the Humans of Waterloo project which ran last summer.  Humans of Waterloo

Thank you again to everyone who was involved and do please keep in touch!

Humans of Waterloo site

October 20, 2015

The Humans of Waterloo Tumbler site is now up and running.  Please have a look at all of the interviews that have taken place so far!

We have had contributions from young people from the Coin Street holiday playscheme and a trip to the Healthy Ageing Cafe Southwark as well as contributions from the interview workshops and photography workshop.  We are keen to continue to collect contributions so if you need any further information please get in touch.

Healthy Ageing Cafe

Interviewing in Waterloo Station

September 2, 2015

We had a great interview session in Waterloo Station from 9am on Saturday 8 August.  A small but dedicated group took the plunge and started to interview strangers in the station.  We had an excellent response with over 20 interviews taking place and lots of fascinating stories collected.  There is still time to take part in the project, either as part of the group or as an individual so please get in touch if you are interested.  All of the photographs and quotes will be available through the website later this month.

Anna interview Andrea interviewing Caroline interview

Interview workshop – getting started

July 29, 2015

We got the Humans of Waterloo project started with a thought provoking workshop led by local poet and historian Anna Robinson.  The group watched an interview with Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York and discussed how we could use some of his ideas in our interviews.

The group agreed that they wanted to have a less personal approach as they didn’t want to make people feel uncomfortable and would like to focus on positive experiences and memories.  We came up with a few questions to get us started including:

If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?
What is your first memory of Waterloo (or wherever you are doing the interview)?
When were you most happy?
what is your favorite Waterloo fact?
How would you like to be remembered?

Please find a link to a worksheet with further advice here Humans of Waterloo worksheet

We have already had some people send in their photographs and interviews and we are looking forward to seeing lots more!

New summer project – Humans of Waterloo

June 23, 2015

Join the Waterloo Sights & Sounds hertiage group for a summer project inspired by Humans of New York.  We will be photographing and interviewing people in Waterloo and North Southwark to create a digital record of the lives of people who live in, work in and visit the area.  We are excited to advertise a number of workshops and sessions as part of the project which will run from July – October 2015.  Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part.

Anthony Epes

Waterloo Sights and Sounds 30th Anniversary and film day

October 31, 2014

On the 15th November we will be celebrating 30 years of coin street, as well as showcasing a brand new film that the waterloo sights and sounds steering group have been working on.

The day will be from 10am until 1.30pm and will be as follows

10-11.30 – recording oral histories and looking through old photos of the local area and photo slideshow from the past photo amnesties

1130-1230 – Food and Drink provided,, discussions and memories, a time to thank all of those involved in the steering group, as well as to invite those that have helped with the film making of ” heritage comes home”.

1230-1330- watching the films and discussions around the film. the film looks at the restoration of a 18th Century home, animated by Stephen Bull, recorded, edited by the steering group. This film is a fasinating insight into the restoration process including, tools, techniques, methods as well as the overall oversight.

A story of one man’s passion to celebrate the techniques of Georgian house building.

Using traditional skills and original materials, Stephen Bull illustrates his ‘considered approach’ in returning a client’s 18thC house in Kennington, London to how it was built.

Stripped of its later and un-sympathetic renovations, but discretely retaining the necessities of a practical family home, the history of the house is revealed through those who built it and why.

Self-taught from having restored his own Waterloo Georgian house, Stephen demonstrates the some-time arcane craft of working 160-million year old lime. His accurate renditions of period-correct wood and plaster replacements are seen being made on-site, as they would have by the original craftsmen.

Apprentices employed by Stephen are learning these unique skills by working alongside him. They explain why this is important for them, and about maintaining a continuity of skills and understanding for future generations” 




Waterloo sights and sounds preparing to celebrate Coin Streets 30th Anniversary

September 2, 2014

Waterloo Sights and Sounds Project team are looking forward towards the 30th Anniversary for Coin Street Community builders. we are busy preparing a day of celebration of the past work and looking to the future.

we will be holding a celebration day on the 4th Ocotober, looking through past pictures, films and our library of history and research books of the area.

It is an exciting project and we are hoping to also hold a few surprises! we will also have our resident Oral History Experts on the day to listen and record oral histories of those living in the area.

we will be looking at the range of films that our resident film maker Peter Gazey has been working on….

all of this with of course a day of fun, food and refreshments…


June 21 photos Amnesty

August 1, 2014

thank you to everyone that turned up, here are a selection of photos taken on the day!!!


(R) Bernie Spains Gardens 4 1988 JMO (R) Bernie Spains Gardens 5 1988 JMO (R) Bernie Spains Gardens 6 1988 JMO (R) Bernie Spains Gardens 7 1988 JMO (R) berniespainsgardenlookingontoupperground_1988 JMO (R) cornwall house stamford street1920s DL (R) Gabriels Wharf 1988 JMO (R) gabriels wharf 1988 JMO_0001 (R) gabriels wharf 1988 JMO_0002 (R) gabriels wharf 1988 JMO_0003 (R) mulberrygardens1_1988 JMO (R) mulberryhousing1_1988 JMO (R) mulberryhousing2_1988 JMO (R) mulberryhousing4_1988 JMO (R) queenswalkgabriefswharfpier_1988 JMO (R) queenswalkgabriefswharfpier_1988 JMO_0001 (R) stamford road 50s DL (R) uppergound.studio6.1_1988 JMO (R) upperground.studio6.2_1988 JMO (R) view of oxotower 1952 DL (R) waterloo hospital 1920s DL

Sights & Sounds bring along ‘your memories’ event 21 June 2014

July 15, 2014

On the 21st June Waterloo Sights & Sounds held a Photo Appeal at Coin Street, part of Coin Streets 30th Anniversary. People brought in old photos and slides for them to be copied and then uploaded onto the website and Coin Street archives. We also recorded some oral histories from former Roupell St residents, Phyllis Lockey (aged 92), Margaret Duffy now living in the Redwood Co-op at Oxo and Maureen Morbin who moved to Rotherhithe in the 1980’s. Please listen to their Waterloo memories on the websites soundcloud. We will be continuing recording oral histories so if you would like to make a recording or know anyone who might be interested please let us know.

We have been given links from Helen and Rose of interesting blog post. it has some interested photos of the festival hall build in the late 1940’s


Peter Gazey our resident Sights&Sounds film maker, and Rose Ades sound recorder, have been busy filming local resident and restorer Stephen Bull at a Georgian house in Kennington. Stephen repairs, restores and renovates old buildings using traditional materials and methods. This particular house he is restoring from scratch. He is a mine of factual historical information. There are 2 recordings of him on the website (on soundcloud) recounting how he came to live in Roupell St and undertake many of the house repairs in the street.