Creating Hackney as Home

Creating Hackney as Home:
Five reflections on a London borough


September 2013 Newsletter

This month we marked the official public launch of our project. We held a screening at Hackney Picture House where we showed the films that we have been working on, before inviting the audience to participate in a great question and answer session with the five peer-researchers on the project. Thanks so much to everyone who came along! We have also launched our brand new website and have begun to add the films and other content to it. Its been a very busy summer for the research team, so please read below to find out more.

The films

At the heart of the Creating Hackney as Home project are five short films, written, filmed, directed and edited by the peer researchers in order to capture their experience of living in Hackney. From journeys through and across the city come explorations of the impact of gentrification and the history of style, as well as reflections on growing up and out of space and managing everyday cultural diversity. We spent this summer working on these together and are now very proud to have this collection finished.

We are now planning a series of screenings in London and beyond over the coming months to give as many people as possible the chance to see the films for themselves, and to talk directly to the peer researchers who produced them.

The new website

We have also begun releasing the films each week onto our brand new website, where we hope to gather feedback and discussion about the issues that the films raise. Please take a look and use the comments threads to add your feedback. Our peer researchers will be online to respond to you if you do!

Have you got similar stories? What do you think of urban change in your area? Do you feel at home where you live? Please take the time to leave us your thoughts so we can develop our understanding of what it means to live in our diverse, complicated cities.

The peer researchers have big plans for adding more content to the website, including photo documentaries from the film production stages, developing new themes that have emerged from the first stage of research, and recording podcasts where each researcher reflects on the research process and their own personal insights into what living in Hackney means for them. We will also add early copies of our reports and other written work next year, so do keep checking back for the latest updates.

More news

Melissa and Luke have been presenting the early stages of the Creating Hackney as Home project to other academics. We gave a talk about 'Participatory Video and Action Research Collaborations in the Arts Sector' at the International Visual Sociology Conference, held at Goldsmiths, University of London in July; and a talk called 'Young people doing "youth work" as participatory researchers and publics' at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers annual conference in August.

These talks were well received and we had lots of interesting discussions about the connections between Creating Hackney as Home and other similar projects and research going on.

We are currently working together as a research team on a number of talks and written publications, which we hope to present to a range of planning, policy, arts and youth sector audiences, as well as in academic settings early next year.

Please read more about the details of our research approach.

Coming soon...

  • More films added to
  • Updated research diary pages
  • Podcast recordings
  • More public screening dates

...and much more!

About comments on the website 
We'd really like to hear what you think about the films and other content, and appreciate any comments you'd like to make in the thread below. The Disqus system is very simple to use. The thread is moderated regularly by the research team, and we will respond to your comments as soon as possible. This website is part of a research project, so your comments and interactions may be used as part of our writing and analysis.

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