Lucy Neal will speak about Mary Neal at the EMPAF national conference, entitled "Passion, Partnerships and Empowering", which explores and celebrates partnership working and the participatory arts on 16th October at Derby QUAD in Derby. For further information please see empaf.com/
Convened by Esther Caplin at Edith Neville School on April 27th this afternoon conference gathered a superb range of participants - architects, artists, educators, secondary school pupils, Kings Cross developers, Camden Council officers and Councillors, urban planners and community voices- to look at what made Somerstown a distinctly interesting pocket of a neighbourhood and creative opportunities for creating a new 'heart' for it. Sandwiched between 2 large railway stations, Euston and St Pancras, this residential enclave is faced with neighbouring redevelopment and a growing range of national and international ranking neighbours. The area has special qualities: pedestrianised areas, green spaces, a market, cultural diversity, family friendly environments and, along with a heritage of 20th century social housing, a rich local history of immigration and cohesion. After excellent scene-setting by Jon Snow, Charles Landry and others I (Lucy Neal) sat on a table to discuss culture and creativity. Other tables discussed education, the public realm and physical links and economic development. The Mary Neal Project was mentioned on a number of occasions as a recent example of Somers Town heritage waiting to brought to light. An exciting living trace of all the seeds the Project has sown to date!
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Mary Neal Day took place at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY from 2pm - 11pm 7th Feb, celebrating the life and work of Mary Neal. The archive is now successfully and safely housed at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and is accessible to the public. The souvenir programme for the day is available to download as a PDF.