Welcome to the Brixton Townscape Heritage pages

We hope that on this page and through future posts you can learn more about some of the architectural and cultural heritage of the place you live in and the people who call it home.

Over the past five years, the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), jointly funded by Lambeth Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with building owners, has overseen the repair and restoration of some of the grand Victorian buildings on Electric Avenue and the glorious renovation of the Grade II listed Art Deco Reliance Arcade. As it goes into its final stint the program is focusing on delivering some community activities to ensure we build a continuing legacy of heritage knowledge and participation within local people, through providing innovative and inspiring ways to engage with and understand your built environment.

The projects will include working with local businesses and local people to ensure that Brixton’s urban fabric is protected and its stories shared. This month we start with news of our upcoming Electric Patterns project and the personal reflections of local resident Maya on how Brixton’s diverse cultural and architectural landscape creates an inspiring and welcoming space for creativity. Now more than ever Maya’s reflection on the joys and injustices that are steeped into the very fabric of our town centre shows how buildings tell stories. On June 22nd Brixton celebrated and commemorated the arrival of the Empire Windrush and the people who changed the face of Britain – their legacy lives on.
Head to @WindrushLambeth for more information.

Heritage Articles

Townscape Heritage Entertainment Series: The Empress

Following the interest in our recent article exploring the entertainment culture that has thrived in Brixton since the Victorian era, we decided to do...

Townscape Heritage Entertainment Series: The Palladium

Following the interest in our recent article exploring the entertainment culture that has thrived in Brixton since the Victorian era, we decided to do...

Townscape Heritage Entertainment Series: The Astoria

Following the interest in our recent article exploring the entertainment culture that has thrived in Brixton since the Victorian era, we decided to do...

Townscape Heritage Entertainment Series: The Ritzy Cinema

Following the interest in our recent article exploring the entertainment culture that has thrived in Brixton since the Victorian era, we decided to do...

Townscape Heritage Entertainment Series: The Brixton Theatre

Following the interest in our recent article exploring the entertainment culture that has thrived in Brixton since the Victorian era, we decided to do...

Van Gogh’s time in Brixton – Townscape Heritage Initiative

Maya Campbell speaks to the architects behind the renovation of Van...

Townscape Heritage Initiative – Shopping in Brixton through the decades

In what is now Brixton’s Town Centre, shops were...

Forgotten Black Bookshops of Brixton – Townscape Heritage Initiative

Maya Campbell explores the history 121 Railton Road and the organisations that made...

Townscape Heritage Initiative – Entertainment in Brixton

Alan Piper from The Brixton Society explores the history of entertainment in Brixton

A brief background to Brixton’s buildings – Townscape Heritage Initiative

Today Brixton is regarded as one of London’s most...

Townscape Heritage Initiative – An abstraction of Brixton’s essential spirit

The Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative is proud to present...

Townscape Heritage Initiative – Championing bold, creative voices

Maya Campbell on how people from so many...

Get involved

Want to get involved in the celebration and exploration of Brixton’s heritage? Now we can all be Heritage Champions!

Head to our @BrixtonHeritage Instagram to share your favourite buildings and why you love them. Share which buildings are important to you and your family. Share your pictures, stories and facts by tagging us and using the hashtag #BrixtonHeritage.

For more content and information about this project, the heritage of Brixton, its buildings and its people head to @BrixtonHeritage now!

Resources

Further resources on local and national heritage:

Landmark Lambeth (online image archive) - Visit website
Historic England image search - Visit website
Black Cultural Archives Collection - Visit website
Collage: The London Picture Archive - Visit website

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