Invention Archive

The South Norwood Invention Archive will record 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.

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.  

How you can provide content

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

How you can get involved

We are also looking for dedicated volunteers to work with the team to help with historical research. The work will involve looking into the past of South Norwood and investigating local stories of inventions and creativity that we can be catalogued on the online archive. Training will be provided for all our archive volunteers so no previous experience required, only an interest in the history of South Norwood.

If you are interested in local history, and would like to volunteer to help find content for the archive, then email us at to find out more.

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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