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Old Kent Road: talks

24 June 18:30 - 20:30
Organized by: Peckham Weeklies
Livesey Exchange
Bird in Bush Road
SE15 1NF

Old Kent Road: talks


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 offering thousands of 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 the 24th June from 6:30pm a series of talks including 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.


A special OKR photo zine documenting the local economy and produced by the Peckham Weeklies will be available at the event.