Camden – The first fifty years

A free historical exhibition looking back at the first fifty years of the London Borough of Camden is currently being held at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Cllr Abdul Hai, Council Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Culture
“This in depth exhibition uses photographs and archives from the Centre’s collections, to examine a wide range of aspects of life in the borough between 1965 and 2015. The exhibition demonstrations the richness and variety of life in this fascinating area of London over a period of great change.

“Subjects include the work of the council, housing, the arts, buildings new and old, famous residents, innovations, community projects, controversies and key events. The exhibition also includes a section ‘Fifty Years in Pictures’ in which we have taken one photograph from our collections for each year of the borough’s history to provide a visual chronology of the borough over the last half century.”
Cllr Abdul Hai, Council Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Culture

The exhibition runs until Thursday 31 March at the Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, second floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PA.

The exhibition is open: Monday – 10am to 6pm, Tuesday – 10am to 6pm, Thursday - 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 5pm and alternate Saturdays – 11am to 5pm.

Specific subjects covered include: the creation of the council, the BT Tower, the borough’s famous stations, occupations, squatting, equal opportunities, the Red Lion Square riots, music, writers, the British Library, unfulfilled plans for a motorway and an airport, hospitals, theatres, gardens, Kentish Town City Farm, shops, Camden Lock Market, Neal’s Yard, libraries, renovations, hotels and lost buildings like the old Imperial Hotel and the Bedford music hall.