Using Palimpsest to Understand the City’s Cultural Re-appropriation of Graffiti and Street Art and the Impact it has on its Representational and Socio- Political Function

Abstract Having worked for renowned street artist Banksy’s press relations team for the past few summers, including throughout his critically-acclaimed exhibition ‘Dismaland’ in Weston- Super-Mare in 2015, I have been conditioned to celebrate street-art; appraising its satirical socio-political commentary and commending the voice it gives the minority. However, living in Shoreditch for the past two

How and why does the historic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club utilise the Age of Jazz’s (1919 – 1929) distinct social, racial and spatial conditions to attract new consumers?

Introduction ‘The Original Dixieland Jazz Band has landed in London’ says an evening paper. We are grateful for the warning”.  Punch, 16 April 1919 The arrival of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) in 1919 provides a convenient starting point for the ‘Age of Jazz’ in London and, specifically, Soho (Parsonage, 2002). Almost 100 years

Social housing: dystopia or utopia? A study of Finsbury, London.

Finsbury is “crammed with history, not the history of kings and statecraft, but of the ordinary lives of ordinary people” (Tames, 1999: 7). Finsbury’s origins lie in hosting activities forbidden within the City walls. In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century poverty and overcrowding defined the area. In the twentieth-century, however, Finsbury council sought to transform

Grenfell Tower, through palimpsest; a site which demonstrates how the unequal power dynamics in regeneration partnerships exacerbates exclusion and reinforces structural inequality.

Grenfell Tower is an austere concrete tower, built in 1974 (Wismayer, 2017). It is located in and owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) but was managed by the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) until 1 March, 2018. In 2016, the KCTMO managed a £10 million refurbishment in partnership with

LSE’s curation of the legal struggle for gay rights.

Introduction To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, the London School of Economics (LSE henceforth), held a library exhibition designed to document the legal struggle for equality ( and developments since this piece of legislation. This exhibition brought to light the absent past of LGBT movements (Burke, 2004, pp. 74-99

Rye Lane as a site of consumption

Introduction The site I have chosen for my palimpsest project is Rye Lane(RL) located in the London borough of Southwark. It is through this site that I intend to explore the theme of consumption. Consumption is traditionally understood as the “purchase, use and reuse of goods” (Campbell,1995:104). However, in this essay I intend to go