Mapping places and connections
Below is a summary of the main mapping projects that led to development of the Exploring EC1 initiative. Other pages cover:
A map to record favourite places in EC1
Personal collaborative projects
From 2015-2019 work was partly through the Networked City initiative, and partly through two local projects, one in Clerkenwell, and one in Thames Ward, Barking. I later developed maps in Clerkenwell, Farringdon and Smithfield. More on EC1 below.
The idea of developing maps for EC1 started with some work in 2018 for the Clerkenwell Peel Institute, where Drew Mackie and I explored the use of both network and geographic maps to support what later became the Connecting Clerkenwell initiative. I also met up with Mike Franks, who I had helped, back in 1977, secure funding for a heritage trail. More here, in the EC1 Echo, together with the idea of Clerkenwell Commons.
Mapping Urban Wild Places
Further north in Islington, in 2020 Drew Mackie and I worked with Octopus Communities, a network of community centres, to develop maps and stories about their Urban Wild Places and We Can Grow projects to support community gardens. The aim was to show, for an evaluation report, how work on the projects had yielded both environmental benefits and new networks of social connections.
We set up a simple Google sites website to host:
Smithfield Market is due to move to a new location in Dagenham Dock within the next decade, and before that some of the out-of-use market building will provide a new home for the Museum of London. Peter Bill covered the story for the March 2020 edition of the EC1 Echo
Peter's story nudged me to write a piece for the Echo about mapping the past, present the future of Smithfield, Farringdon and Clerkenwell, published in the May 2020 edition of the Echo. By that time the pandemic was gathering pace, and that slowed development of what has become Exploring EC1. More about that here. By then the proposed Centre for Music, illustrated here, had been abandoned - but plans for the Museum move and Culture Mile development continued.
Details of exploring EC1