I and visual artist Ana Vicente took a two day workshop at Chelsea Theatre, World's End, with the over 60's to investigate their earliest memories of the borough. The ladies (they were all ladies) had to share their histories with each other and then were set to reproducing that memory in watercolour.
There were varying abilities in the group but very interesting similarities in terms of what their most vivid memories were. Mostly they liked the rivers and open spaces of the borough. Chelsea bridge came up quite a bit.
It reminds you that post War there was no jetting off to the Costa del Sol with kids. You were lucky if you got to the seaside. Parks and rivers were therefore very important places of recreational activity.
A good day was had by all. The ladies were all lovely to work with and gave me a real insight into the post-war era in London.