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Living History

Living History project - your suggestions sought!

Thanks to our Culture Recovery Fund grant, we have been able to undertake an exciting Living History project, and we would love to have your involvement! A professional researcher is combing through archives to unearth striking stories of the history of St Magnus, and produce a fresh telling of that history. You can play your part by getting in touch to let us know about any aspects of the history of St Magnus, London Bridge or the local area or community that touch on the parish so that we can see whether there is further material we can investigate; these can be from any time period, up to and including the present. We particularly want to shine a light on the diverse communities and individuals in the area and their stories. Things you might want us to consider are: oral history of the area passed on to you from others; interesting characters connected with St Magnus (we all know about TS Eliot and historical figures like Miles Coverdale, but what about local characters who lived, worked or worshipped near St Magnus?); stories of demographic change and the part played by individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds who shaped the parish and the area, including the role and voices of women, people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, visitors and settlers from overseas, the elderly and any others who contributed to the rich tapestry of the local community; times of struggle or celebration that brought the local community together (wartime, plagues, poverty, terrorism, jubilees, pageants); people or events connected to the musical history and bells of St Magnus (musicians, singers, organists, hymn writers, bell-ringers and so on); the commercial history of the area (Billingsgate Fish Market, workers on the river and wharves, the changing face of the City); your own personal connections with the parish, or anything else you think would be interesting, unusual or unknown. To get in touch please email and clearly mark your email "Living History". We will be in touch if we need any further details from you.