A virtual reality trip round Brixton’s heritage

Audiences view the VR documentary while visitors explore the oral history exhibition
Audiences view the VR documentary while visitors explore the oral history exhibition

Audiences have been flocking to Brixton Library this week for the Coldharbour Project: a 360˚ VR film and oral history exhibition exploring Brixton’s heritage. The project takes visitors on an immersive tour of Coldharbour Lane and the Brixton Markets, meeting people along the way who have helped shape Brixton’s strong and symbolic cultural fabric over several decades.

Local people visiting the exhibition have described it as “a truly magical experience” and “a really authentic project”.

ALEX WHEATLEAuthor, Alex Wheatle (left) who is featured in the film and watched it this week said: “It was incredible watching just a few untold stories that make up the history and fabric of Brixton and I am honoured to be part of it.  I really hope this documentary inspires others to record their own experiences.  What it has taught me is that all of our personal narratives are important and as valid as anyone else’s.”

Visitor scans an oral history card to hear stories that explain the pictures on the wall
Visitor scans an oral history card to hear stories that explain the pictures on the wall

The Coldharbour Project takes viewers on an intimate journey through Brixton Market to the Express Cafe in Market Row, Universal Roots Records, Coldharbour Lane, Railton Road (the Frontline), and the Sports and Social Club. Along the way, we meet Alex Wheatle (author), S I Martin (author and historian), Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), Ricky Ranking (musician), George Lightfoot (Nasty Rockers), Lorna Gayle (actor), Linda Bellos (former leader of Lambeth council), Michael Groce (poet), the Legs Eleven Sound System and the Brixton Immortals Dominoes Team, as well as market traders and customers.

The project will be exhibited at the Brixton Library until October 27th. To see the full project for yourself, visit the library at any of the following VR screening times:

Tuesday: 12.00-14.00

Wednesday: 16.00-18.00

Thursday: 17.00-19.00

Friday: 15.00-16.30

Saturday: 15.00-17.00

Sunday 12.30-13.30

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