About the project

As one of the five boroughs to host the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympics Games, Hackney is undergoing a period of change. In a series of oral history interviews, local residents shared the changes to their lives brought about by the Olympics.

A group of younger people from the Hackney Empire worked with a group of local older people and Magic Me artists Surya Turner and Emma Higham using their own experiences and the oral history transcripts in a series of creative workshops. The group shared their work in a public performance on 17th May at Hackney Museum.

Mapping the Change is funded by the Hackney Museum.


Local young people from Hackney and older people from The Caribbean Advocacy Group

All photos © Arnau Oriol

‘As adults, you forget how to play. This project has reminded us how to do that.’

Older participant