“It started in 2016 as an oral history project recording peoples’ memories at a time of huge change,” Diana told us. “This place needs to be remembered and recorded”. The newly opened museum tells a social history: the area’s origins, it’s amazing radical histories and ‘un-common’ peoples, through its own publications, collections of posters, old family photo books and relics from closed local pubs.
In the early 20th century Somers Town was one of the most deprived areas of the capital, tucked away between Euston and Kings Cross. Yet notable writers and radical thinkers lived here from Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and her radical Anarchist Philosopher father William Godwin to decoloniser George Padmore. Over the next century, Somers Town became a model for high-quality social housing and community living, much of which was fought for by incredible social reformers in the demand for a more equal society.