A 360˚ oral history project that explores the sanctity of community space.


A 360˚ camera records at the dominoes club in Brixton .


‘Coldharbour’ is a 360 degree oral history project that explores the history of Coldharbour Lane in Brixton from 1948 to 2018. Coldharbour Lane and the buildings on it carry enormous symbolic relevance for the community: it has been the site of massive post-war immigration and of famous protests for equality; it is the birthplace of the sound systems that inspired much modern British music; it has been home for famous artists, writers and poets. The stories of people who have lived and worked along Coldharbour Lane tell us much about the social, political and cultural evolution of Britain over the past 70 years, yet they remain largely under-explored.

In partnership with the University of the Arts London, the Lambeth Archives and Brixton Library, the Coldharbour Project is giving the local community an opportunity to produce 360 degree films based on oral history testimony that will give this heritage new life.

The Coldharbour Exhibition will be held at the Brixton Library in October, 2019.

The Coldharbour Oral History Project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Get involved

The Coldharbour Project is about community. For the whole of 2019, we are offering free workshops, mentoring and production experience for local people in Brixton to get involved in the project and learn new skills.

Scroll down to see the variety of opportunities we have coming up.

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Free Archive Workshop

Archivist Jon Newman and historian Kelly Foster will take us through the Minet archive in Brixton showing us how to make use of the fantastic resources and artefacts they have on offer.

June 17th and 24th - 10am-1pm

Minet Archive, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE59QY


Join the production team

The Coldharbour Oral History project is using oral history, archive and 360 degree film to explore the significance of space in Brixton. We are forming a community production team made up of local people, professional filmmakers, archivists, historians and visual artists to help produce an exhibition which will be held in Brixton Library in October this year. If you want to be part of that team, join us!

Every Thursday in June and July - 6pm-8pm

Green Man Skills Zone, 225 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8RR

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Free 360˚ film workshop

The 360 degree filmmaking workshops are open to anyone and will teach participants how to capture oral histories and plan 360 degree stories that tell factual stories. We will explore how to storyboard, use 360 degree cameras, how to edit a 360 degree film and how to share this with the public. 

Saturday June 22nd - 2pm-4pm

77 Atlantic Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PU

Previous Events

Throughout the Coldharbour project we have been running workshops and community events to engage as many people as possible in the process. Take a look at the events we have been running and sign up to join Coldharbour over the next few months.


Walking Tours

The Coldharbour Project uses walking tours to open up the heritage in Brixton and allow people to explore the major significance of community spaces. Two walking tours have taken place for the Coldharbour Project and another two will be scheduled for July and August.


Oral Histories

The Coldharbour Project has recorded over 30 oral histories with residents, business owners, community leaders, local historians and politicians to develop an archive of untold stories that will be housed at the Lambeth Archives to benefit future researchers. The oral histories will also be made available via a public website. Our intention is to amplify marginalised voices and make way for detailed history of the area that celebrates the diversity and versatility of Brixton’s culture.


Media and Heritage Workshops

A series of over 10 free public workshops in filming oral histories, using 360˚ film and working with archives empowers local people with new skills and enables a wide range of people to take part in the creative development of the Coldharbour Project.