Our first workshop took place on Saturday the 1st July
2017. It introduced our volunteers to field recordings using audio recording
equipment, absorbing the atmosphere of Beckenham Place Park. Our second
workshop the following week, 9th July, involved a series of interviews. The volunteers used their new recording skills to interview locals whom shared their personal stories of the park. The process was enriching and enlighting for everyone.
Here are some photos from our workshops Click on
the images to make them bigger
Taking on the material collated Elena Terrones-Huet, our graphic designer, put together some illustrutive pieces in reference to the compositions. The symbiotic relationship of music and visual constructions represent the fabulously vivid story telling of our volunteers.
Here are some illustrations that will appear in our
printed journal. Click on the images to make them bigger
DID YOU KNOW?
FUN FACTS ABOUT BPP
Here are some fun facts you may not know about Beckenham
Place Park compiled by local historian, Rod Reed.
In the first century AD you would have seen Roman cavalry and
soldiers on the Roman military road running between the Mansion and
Foxgrove Road linking London to the foundries of the Lewes area in
Celtic villagers would have worked farms and used the streams that run
through the park such as the Ravensbourne.
The Cator family lived at Beckenham Place. Their ancestors were brought up as Quakers and made the successful journey from persecuted religious minority to Lords of the Manor of Beckenham.
John Cator was unseated as MP for Ipswich on account of bribery - an
early expenses scandal! However, he twice more represented constituents elsewhere in Parliament.
Beckenham Place would have seen fox hunts and the pursuit of game in the nineteenth century and was surrounded by beautiful countryside.
The famous lexicographer, Dr. Johnson, described Beckenham Place as "one of the finest places at which I was ever a guest and where I find more and more hospitable welcome".
The Cator family cashed in on the nineteenth century national railway
boom and the popularity of the recently re-located Great Exhibition at
Crystal Place by selling off land for a profit, allowing railways through the area.
There was a strict initial agreement that trains could only stop at Beckenham between 1.30pm and 2pm on Sundays "to prevent annoyance to his estate and other evil consequences to himself and others". It was designed to stop day trippers to Beckenham!
The Mansion has an important link with the Tate Gallery as the Cator timber merchants were based on the site where the Tate Modern now stands.
Many of Beckenham's street names and even older trees date from the Cator times.
The Cators put money and land aside for schools, church building and poor housing.
The Mansion was used as a rehab clinic for alcolholics and drug users at the start of the twentieth century.
Italian prisoners of war were camped in the parkland where they grew their own vegetables.
Beckenham Place Park is closely associated with the founder of the RHS as John Cator's father-in-law was Peter Colinson, who was a well known Quaker plant hunter and who left an horticultural library of information to the Cators. The library covering many subjects was organised by Dr. Johnson.
David Bowie carried our rehearsals for his Arts Lab project in the
1960s and would escape into Beckenham Place Park when fans gathered at his
door in Haddon Hall, Southend Road. This was around the time he became an international star with Ziggy Stardust.
A large house from the Elizabethan period was noted at Stumps Hill
possibly under the current house or under the car park.
The SoundLab is:
James C. Wilie - composition, writing & workshop facilitaing
Daniel James Ross - composition, code & workshop facilitaing
Elena Terrones-Huet - design, photography & animation
Special thanks is due to Syndey Thornbury, Tilly Fowler, and the Copeland Estate for their vital
support behind the scenes.
OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
These are the people that made the project more than just a
soundwalk. Their time, dedication and enthusiasm shaped it
into a unique community experience.
In no particular order, we would like to thank: Carol Ann Waters, Cherrill Hicks, Chris Crouch,
John Ashbridge, Simon Brand, Sally Cinnamon, Joe Flanagan, Michael
Flanagan, Richard Bentley, Sharon Williams, Fiona McLean, Jane Howard,
Glenys Crane, Ian Smith, Trudi Bosberry and especially Tracy Bently.
We would also like to thank our sponsors: Lewisham Council, Heritage
Lottery Fund, Santander, and Goldsmiths University.
FIND THE PARK
You can find us at The Mansion
The Mansion Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham BR3 1SY