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Old Kent Road: hands-on at the Livesey Exchange

24 June 23:00 - 18:00
Organized by: Livesey Exchange
Livesey Exchange
Bird in Bush Road
SE15 1NF

The Old Kent Road (OKR) is one of London’s oldest roads, and for well over a century it has been at the centre of an area alive with industry. From hats, costume, tin can, terrazzo, scenery and tray manufacturers to printers, menders, fabricators, construction merchants and couriers, the close to 1000 businesses trading along and around the OKR are a rich resource for the Capital, making and supplying the things and the services it needs, as well as providing 10.000 local jobs. That economy continues to play a key part in the ongoing evolution of South London. 


As one of the GLA’s ‘opportunity areas’ many of the OKR businesses will be affected by plans for 25,000 new homes. But what value does industry have in shaping the future of localities and the city?


On Saturday 24th June local fabricators will share their skills and run a series of hands-on making sessions at the Livesey Exchange - a new community venue on the Old Kent Road focused on skill building. Workshops include metalwork with Power Project, wood dying with designer of the year Raw Edge and apron making with Community Thread. Young and old - come along and give it a try!


In the evening from 6:30pm talks by Prof. Mark Brearley, Dr. Oli Mould and Lucy Bullivant will discuss the future of industries in the city. An exhibition with studies of the Old Kent Road economy by Cass Cities from London Metropolitan University will be on show at the Livesey Exchange from the 23rd June onwards.