Inventing South Norwood

A celebration of South Norwood’s history of invention and creativity. Over three years the programme will deliver online and in-person events that engage the whole of our local community in our unique local story of invention.

The project will be inspired by famous South Norwood historic figures like the inventor & industrialist William Stanley and the composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor. We will also celebrate the creativity and invention of our community today, as well of lots of unknown stories from the past.  

Invention Points

Throughout the three years there will be regular pop-up Invention Points, starting in October 2021 with the very first Invention Point to be held at the Clocktower Market. At each of our Invention Points you will get the chance to meet with a local artist or craft-person who is involved in creative invention, and try your hand at a bit of creativity yourself. October’s Invention Point will feature Beth Mander, local pottery expert, demonstrating her craft and giving people a chance to get involved.

If you are a local artist/craft person or a local venue in South Norwood and would like to run your own pop-up Invention Point in the future with support from the ‘Inventing South Norwood’ programme then drop us an email.

 The South Norwood Invention Archive

The Invention Archive will record our history of invention and celebrate examples of current innovation from the area. We will be delving into South Norwood’s history and then using that content to inspire the creation of the Story of Invention for South Norwood.

Right now we need your help to start gathering content for the Archive. If you have a local story of invention or creativity, historic or modern, we would love to hear from you. You might have an object, a photo, a piece of art or just a tale to tell. Fill in the form on the Invention Archive page to submit your suggested content.

And if you are interested in local history, and would like to volunteer to help find content for the archive, then email us to find out more about volunteering opportunities.

The Archive will be shared in 2022 on a website with an interactive map which will house stories, walks, found objects, conversations, pictures and much more from around South Norwood, so this is your chance to get involved right at the beginning.

Historic England : High Streets Heritage Action Zones

The Inventing South Norwood Programme is funded by Historic England as part of the Culture strand of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones programme. Our little cultural programme is part of a big national HSHAZ Cultural Programme which you can read more about here.

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And supported by:

Mary Pearson Suffragette Samuel Coleridge Taylor
© 2022 Stanley Arts Charity No: 1155680