Somers Town has also been at various points the home of intellectual and political movements. A flat owned by author and activist George Padmore on a “small, unassuming little street” in the area became the centre for Pan-Africanism, a movement seeking to bring about decolonisation and African independence. “London at the time held a lot of African intellectuals and radical thinkers, it’s a place where if you were exiled, you could meet like-minded people,” she says.
Of the range of remarkable stories in Somers Town, Diana says, “I’m proud to live in Camden, if you scratch at any area you’re going to find layers and layers and layers,” adding that the museum makes room for “the stories of ordinary, working-class people”. Some of these stories can also be seen in the museum’s film Spirit, which explores the rich history of the area.