Stall Stories: Oral Histories of Street Markets

Posted on 01/07/2012 by


Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, children from Gateway Primary School have made a fascinating film about Church Street Market. Recording the history of this street market and capturing a vivid snapshot of the market as it is today.

Working alongside arts and education charity, digital:works,with the support of City of Westminster Archives Centre, children were trained in research, filmmaking, interview techniques and oral history.

Sav Kyriacou, a digital:works filmmaker, told us; “Street markets are a living, breathing part of London’s history. They are part of the fabric of the city and each market reflects the character of its neighbourhood. For hundreds of years markets have provided livelihoods for people and a source of affordable goods.”

“This project illustrates how small businesspeople and market traders have been the lifeblood of local areas, reflecting the cultural character and economic conditions in individual neighbourhoods,” said Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund London.

The Stall Stories project ( was conceived, coordinated and implemented by digital:works, an arts and education charity (  For more about the project, including project video, see

Screening of our film on Leather Lane Market: Friday 6th July 2012 on a Market Stall on Leather Lane Market, 10:30am – 2.30pm

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