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.

Invention points might be a workshop or a lecture, the performance of a piece of music or the sharing of spoken word. They will be a chance for you to meet with a local artist or craft-person who is involved in creative invention, and perhaps a chance to try your hand at a bit of creativity yourself.

The Invention Points will also be a chance to hear more about other parts of both the Culture Programme and the main programme of capital investment on the High Street so its an ideal chance for you to come and hear more.

How you can get involved

Are you interested in technology and event management? We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help with filming and taking pictures of the work people produce at each Invention Point. Training will be provided so no previous experience required. Email us if interested at .

Hosting an Invention Point

Anyone can host an Invention Point and we will be funding a few of them throughout the programme.  Alongside showcasing creativity, each Invention Point will need to produce something that can be archived within the South Norwood Invention Archive. Our team is available with technical equipment to assist in any filming, photography and cataloguing. 

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 a line on

Invention Point – 2021 Schedule

The first Invention Point is at the Clocktower Market on 8th October and will feature Beth Mander, local pottery expert, demonstrating her craft and giving people a chance to get involved, more information can be found on the event page.

The second Invention Point workshop will be hosted at the Clocktower Market on 13th November with local inventor and resident Mandy Lawson. We’ll be making winter decorations from found items in our local park, using our local surroundings to be inventive. Find our more information at the events page here.

Our final two workshops will be held on 4th December and 11th December from 10am to 4pm.

The Felted Clocktower Faces Workshop will be hosted by Katie Farrell who runs the Sewcial Circle. The Sewcial Circle is a crafty gang for people who love to make things. In the whirlwind of everyday life, crafting has often been my haven for inspiration and calm. The Sewcial Circle craft kits are designed to get the whole family crafting. At this drop-in workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own felt clock bauble for free. Ideal for ages 7+.

The Christmas Headdress Workshop will be hosted by John Bastos who is a costume designer and fashion pattern cutter. Most recently he was Costume Designer for the Sundown Kiki at the Young Vic Theatre. John has worked on lots of projects with young people in the past, helping them get started with clothes construction and the creation of fashion accessories. John is also constructing the winning look from our ‘Panto Dame Costume Competition’, which will be on display in the cafe.

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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