Dalston: Negotiating Borders

I. Introduction I embarked on this project as an exploration of Dalston’s landscape, believing that any environment presents to passersby a sensory narrative of place. To me, Dalston has a rich story lingering in its smellscapes and soundscapes, and I wanted to learn the area in a way that surpassed my visual impressions of the

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

In what ways does Cosgrove and Jackson’s (1987) re-theorised cultural geography allow us to view the meanings attached to ‘deathscapes’, such as Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, as being inherently drawn from past power relations in their creation and maintenance? Too often we allow our journeys to take place without engaging with the ways that past

London Race Riots

During the post WW2 period Britain experienced significant levels of immigration, especially from the Caribbean (Peach, 1967). For an array of reasons, many Caribbean and African migrants gravitated to London in their search for permanent settlement. During the 1950s, areas such as Notting Hill and Brixton soon became centres of black settlement (Matera, 2015). The

The Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was founded in 1829 by the Home Secretary, Robert Peel, which saw little over 3000 men employed to patrol and watch the Metropolitan Police District (Smiles, 1870). Today, in its 187th year, the MPS employs almost 32,000 officers and 15,000 other staff (Metropolitan Police Service, 2015). This mass expansion and

Loft Living in King’s Cross

From Warehouses of Physical Capital to Warehouse of Knowledge Capital This palimpsest project will focus on the cultural, macroeconomic and planning changes in London which led to the obsolescence of manufacturing warehouses along the canals near Kings Cross, and their subsequent land use changes. Whilst they were previously sites of production for British manufacturing they