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Vestry House Museum: exhibition explores iconic Warner Estate

Walthamstow’s Vestry House Museum is to host a new exhibition exploring the social significance of Warner properties, built in the borough from the late nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century.



Curated by artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green, ‘WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest’, which opens on Saturday 29 October, will feature photographs, mementos and personal testimonies of long-term Warner residents. The artists are presenting these alongside rarely seen items from the Warner Estate archive and the Council-run Vestry House Museum, as well as newly commissioned photographs and oral histories.



The exhibition will be accompanied by free walks, talks and events - details of which will be published online at www.exwarnerproject.co.uk - and an updated edition of a book on the Warner estate. And, in February 2017, a Warner Walking Tour mobile phone app will be launched.



The project is being delivered by the two artists’ new Community Interest Company, Rendezvous Projects, and is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, as well as local sponsors the Stow Brothers and London Lofts and Construction.



Lucy said: “Having started the project in 2014 we had such an amazing response from the local community that we knew we had to continue. This time we have concentrated on capturing the memories of the long-term residents who rented from the Warner Estate, as a way of exploring what it was that happened within this community, and what it can teach us about today’s housing issues.”



Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Warner properties are such a distinct feature on Waltham Forest’s housing landscape, it’s fantastic to see this project recognising the social impact they have had. This is a real labour of love for Lucy and Katherine, who have done a fantastic job bringing together memories of Warner residents from many different places – even as far as Australia.” 



Notes to editors

WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest 

Saturday 29 October 2016 – Sunday 19 February 2017

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road, London E17

Open 10am-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday. Admission free.



For more information and images, or to arrange interviews with the artists, please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726

07740 046143

ian.mason@walthamforest.gov.uk



About Lucy Harrison

Lucy works on collaborative projects in the public realm, and examines our complicated relationships with places. Recently she has worked on commissions for Tate Modern, The Legacy List and Hackney Museum. In 2013 she developed the project Carnaby Echoes, a commission for Shaftesbury PLC, which examined the hidden musical history of the Carnaby estate in central London, and culminated in an exhibition, book, mobile phone app and series of short films.



About Katherine Green

Katherine is a social documentary photographer, she seeks to capture and celebrate the lives of local people through both photography and oral history and has exhibited at National Portrait Gallery, Kettle’s Yard and The Lowry.



About Vestry House Museum

Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest and home of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. Set in an 18th century former workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, the Museum tells the story of the borough through a series of permanent displays and special exhibitions. A favourite exhibit is Britain’s first petrol driven car, built by Frederick Bremer in 1892.



Further information

WE: The Ex-Warner Project http://www.exwarnerproject.co.uk 

Lucy Harrison http://www.lucy-harrison.co.uk 

Katherine Green http://www.katherinegreen.co.uk 

Rendezvous Projects http://www.rendezvousprojects.org.uk 

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