Welcome to The Wornington Word

Who Are We?

The Wornington Word: A People’s History of The Wornington Green Estate W10 is a year long project funded by the National Lottery and run by Renegade Theatre (residents of Wornington Green), in partnership with the Venture Community Association.

The project will record and archive the history of the estates residents from the 1960s up to recent times with oral histories, photos and a documentary that will be archived in Kensington Central and North Kensington Libraries. We are asking residents and North Kensington locals to participate in free training and workshop opportunities throughout 2019 that will include oral history training (led by The British Library), social media tips as well as photography and filmmaking workshops. Together we will create a documented history of Wornington Green. The Wornington Word will preserve the history of our diverse, long standing community. Our voices will be retained for future generations.

How to Take Part?

The Wornington Word will focus on the oral histories of residents from our housing estate, bound by Portobello Rd, Golborne Rd Market and Ladbroke Grove in North Kensington, including Venture Centre goers and Athlone Park walkers from the past and the present. We want to encompass the stories of the estate from when it opened in the 1960s up to recent times.

All residents and locals are invited to collaborate on this project by learning:

  • how to take oral histories
  • how to give an oral history account of your knowledge and experience of the estate
  • how to work with a photographer to capture images of the estate
  • how to collaborate with our documentary maker to create a short film about the history of the estate

The project will ultimately facilitate the residents in coming together to create a documented history of their lives on the estate before it is entirely regenerated into the new Portobello Square development.

Headshot photo of Natasha Langridge from Renegade Theatre.

We want to talk with our neighbours, of all ages, on Wornington Green so we can record their experience of living on and visiting the estate, Athlone Gardens and Venture. Our photographer will assist the participants to improve their photography skills and take good quality pictures of their families, friends and neighbours in the area. Participants can also collaborate with our local filmmaker, Sanya Mihaylovic, to capture footage for a documentary about the history of the estate and its people, which will be entered into the 2020 Portobello Film Festival.”

 

Natasha Langridge
Artistic Director
Renegade Theatre

Who To Contact?

If you would like to share your stories and photos of your time living on the Wornington Green Estate and/or if you would like to participate in any of the free training and workshop opportunities please contact:

Free Training & Workshops:

Part of The Wornington Word project includes free training and workshop opportunities throughout 2019 ranging from oral history training to how to make a documentary. Our upcoming workshops are listed below and are open to all Wornington Green Estate residents and North Kensington locals. To reserve your place and for further info please contact either Natasha or Micky or go to the Venture website.

Upcoming workshops

  • How to Make the Most of Social Media
  • Date: 21st September, 2019
  • Time: 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • Venue: Venture
  • Info: Join Lizzie Spring for a Saturday afternoon workshop on How to make the Most of Social Media. Learn how to build-up followers, the best way to use images and how to get your individual voice across on Twitter.
  • Photography & Collation
  • Date: 19th October, 2019
  • Time: 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • Venue: Venture
  • Info: Join Kevin Percival, the official photographer for the Wornington Word project to help you decide, out of all the pictures that have been taken and collected, which ones should go on the website and which ones should be archived.
  • Creative Writing - Session 01
  • Date: 26th October, 2019
  • Time: 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • Venue: Venture
  • Info: Join Natasha Langridge and Oumayma Tuijri for an afternoon of creative writing. Learn how to put your thoughts and stories about your life and experiences on the Wornington Green Estate and the local area into a comprehensive written format.
  • Creative Writing - Session 02
  • Date: 16th November, 2019
  • Time: 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • Venue: Venture
  • Info: Join Natasha Langridge and Oumayma Tuijri for a second session of creative writing. Learn more on how to put your thoughts and stories about your life and experiences on the Wornington Green Estate and the local area into a comprehensive written format.
  • Documentary Screening & End of Project Party
  • Date: 20th December, 2019
  • Time: tbc
  • Venue: Venture
  • Info: Join us at the Venture Centre for the screening of the Wornington Word documentary; a collaboration between the local community and local filmmaker, Sanya Mihaylovic, followed by the end of project party celebrations.