Invention Archive Group

Invention Archive Group

The South Norwood Invention Archive Group will explore the local 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 a story of invention for South Norwood.

History Detectives Wanted!

We are looking for local enthusiasts who have an interest in South Norwood and its history of invention and creativity. Further information can be found on this page

Contact Norman or Ruth on if you are interested in getting involved.

How you can provide content right now !

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 below to make a suggestion for new content for the archive.

The Digital Archive

Over the three years of the culture programme, the Archive will be built into a digital interactive map centred on the history of local people and foregrounding the integral role of invention in their daily lives. This map will collect and house all the stories, walks, found objects, conversations, pictures and much more from around South Norwood. The archive will provide us all with a platform to upload and track the inventions from the past, as well as highlighting the ongoing innovation happening in and around the area today.  

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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