I was recently selected to participate in the I Am London exhibition; staged by Historic England the wonderful presentation celebrates the cities unique and complex identity. The exhibition features 60 Londoners at a historic building and each person’s unique London story is bound up in the place they have chosen.
I was of course pictured at 32 Old Burlington Street; to me it is the place that my whole journey started. I walked into that building and was given an opportunity that has shaped me and allowed me to start on this path as an apprentice coat maker. Growing up in Cambridge and moving to London was a change but this city has been nothing but amazing for me. We also had to donate an object that represents us to display at the exhibition and I gave them the meter ruler I have been using since I began here.
Famous Londoners featured includes Professor Lord Robert Winston, AC Grayling, Caroline Criado Perez, Bob and Roberta Smith designer and placemaker Morag Myerscough and Amy Lamé join “unsung Londoners” to tell their stories.
Robert Winston, Primrose Hill. Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave
Marianne Cwynarski, Parliament. Marianne works in the House of Commons and chairs the Workplace Equality Network ParliREACH © Historic England/Chris Redgrave
From the longest running businesses in Smithfield, Billingsgate, Borough and Columbia Road markets and a Yeoman Warder, often known as a Beefeater, at the Tower of London to a 7/7 paramedic and a student at the Royal School of Needlework to one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, these people represent the complexity and character of London.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The buildings and places that make up London are as much a part of the city’s DNA as the people who live and work in it. In fact, the fortunes of London’s people and its places are inextricably linked. If we lose those historic places, we lose London’s identity.”
Kate Barlow, In front of the ‘Wall of Wool’, Royal School of Needlework. Kate is a current Future Tutors student at the Royal School of Needlework. Founded in 1872 and based in Hampton Court Palace, the Royal School of Needlework is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave
Stephen Andrade and Rob Silverman, Smithfield Market. D Andrade & Sons is the oldest family business in Smithfield meat market and will be 150 years old in 2018. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave
I am very honoured and extremely excited to be involved in this exhibition alongside such lovely people. The exhibition will be displayed in the Windows Galleries at Central Saint Martins from 11th July to 4th September 2016.
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Bisi Alimi, Tower Bridge. Bisi Alimi is a human rights campaigner. In 2004 became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television. After increased threats to his life he moved to the UK, where he was granted asylum in 2008. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave
Scottee, Roundhouse. Scottee is a performance artist and writer from Kentish Town. He is currently an associate artist at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave