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/ 10 March 2020

Islington Museum to host ‘Tales from the Crypt’

The Diocese of London received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in early 2019, to undertake a community based project focused around Holy Trinity Church in Cloudesley Square (now renamed the Cloudesley Centre).  A group of local volunteers undertook the research project, which included the “Tales from the Crypt” exploring the stories of the people buried in the crypt dating from 1829 to 1854. These were the first parishioners of the Cloudesley area, and the tales are a snapshot of their lives: who they were, what they did, where they worked and how they died.

The team also enormously enjoyed working with the pupils of New River College Primary School, delivering a series of artist led workshops based around the history of the building and the Tales from the Crypt.

The results of these projects are going on display at Islington Museum from 19 March to 27 June.  All are warmly invited.

There will also be a series of free walks hosted by Islington Guided Walks, and three legacy workshops aimed at parishes and community groups seeking to learn how to develop and deliver a community based project.  Finally, there will be three talks hosted by the Islington Society at Islington Town Hall.  Details are on the flier. Due to Covid-19 the decision has been taken to postpone the workshops and evening talks until the Autumn. The Exhibition and Islington Guided Walks will continue as planned, unless advice is received from the government accordingly.

The research

You can read research by Rebecca Preston about Holy Trinity, Cloudesley Square:

Chronology of site acquisition, works and repairs, c .1811–1980

Summary timeline of works and repairs, 1811–1980


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