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The Takeaway Shop (2012)

- Local history, archive material and book-making

The Takeaway Shop

20th – 27th January 2012
South London Art Map tour + Primary school workshops throughout 2013

A former shop (Number82) on 82 Tanner’s Hill, Deptford SE8 4PN 

What do you know about where you’re living, where you wake up every morning? Archives are often unruly, dusty masses of paperwork and words locked away to keep them safe. What if you learn about the most interesting bits straight away? And more importantly, be able to TAKE them AWAY with you?

The Takeaway Shop was a place for people to drop in and learn how to make books, to fill with real stories about the lives of the local residents, families and the history of the area. It was a place to meet and chat with strangers about common ground and make connections. People made books, then cut and pasted text and pictures to create THEIR own mini TAKE-AWAY archive.

The idea behind this project was to know more about the area you live in, what came before you, and who lives here now.

(Photos by Katherine Leedale & Rowan Spray. Historical images courtesy of Lewisham Archive)

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England and IdeasTap in 2012

Historical images courtesy of Lewisham Local History & Archive Centre

Event photographs by Katherine Leedale and Rowan Spray