Documenting Living Histories

Revisiting Brixton Rec is a community heritage project to create an archive of oral histories, photographs and other digital objects about the often neglected histories of Brixton Recreation Centre. We want to capture your experiences of the energy, tournaments, conferences, exhibitions and parties at The Rec that make our building, and the ways we use it so special. The project aims to ensure these histories become an archive and resource for future generations. But we need your help!

Please email us if you are happy to share your memories and experiences of The Rec, from its opening in 1985 to the present day. We will also be holding public events where people can bring material to be scanned, photographed and digitised to become part of the project archive.

The project will focus on four main themes:

  • Sports leadership

  • Art and design

  • Social Justice

  • Conviviality

If you have a connection to or memories of The Rec and would like to take part we’d love to hear from you. We will be interviewing people throughout the year.

Revisiting Brixton Rec is part of the Revitalising Brixton’s Rec Quarter Project which is funded by the GLA’s Good Growth Fund and Lambeth Council.

The project will invest in Brixton Station Road and Brixton Rec to create meaningful improvements for the area’s existing communities of residents and traders, as well as visitors.

The proposals have been developed in collaboration with muf architecture/art and local groups such as Brixton Market Traders’ Federation, Brixton BID, Brixton Rec User Group, the traders of the street, Photofusion and Max Roach Adventure Playground.