#LCFMemories

A place where we can share photographs and memories of particular events, LCF and UAL sites, projects and people over the years.

The New Local 4: The Botanical Issue

The New Local – Botanical Issue 

For the 4th issue of The New Local in Autumn, Study O Portable are producing a botanical guide to plants found inside LCF buildings. It will be an illustrated booklet of different plants people have in their offices and workshops, with some information about each plant.


We would love to hear from LCF staff if you are interested in sharing your stories about plants in your workspaces.


Please get in touch with us at: thenewlocal@fashion.arts.ac.uk

About the project

The New Local is a series of events and publications devised by Study O Portable. It will collect, archive and study memories and perspectives of the current sites and architecture. Events will be held three times a year in the run up to the move to LCF’s new single campus in Stratford. The results will be edited into a series of publications that will inform the design of architectural amulets installed in the new site. These amulets will comprise small reminders, comforters and tokens that negotiate the past, the present and the future of LCF.

 

The New Local, Issue 3 – Wish You Were Here!

The third issue of The New Local, Wish You Were Here!, explored different views from LCF buildings in the form of a postcard book. In each image, an outward view is framed by the architectural details of the building. Like the holiday postcards from the seaside, the postcards here are records of locations that are sometimes familiar and other times exotic to us, but all of them are equally significant in the way they present specific combination of the outside and the inside. See if you can guess the site locations from the images below (answers at the end of this post).

We were joined by staff at our Lime Grove campus canteen which boasts terrific views. They were encouraged to guess the views from postcards by looking through viewfinders. We also had prizes on offer along with coffee and home-made cakes. Staff that joined us found out more about this ongoing project, LCF buildings past and present and shared their own memories with their fellows.

The images above are views from:

  1. Lime Grove
  2. John Princes Street
  3. Lime Grove
  4. John Princes Street
  5. High Holborn
  6. Mare Street
  7. John Princes Street
  8. Golden Lane
  9. Mare Street
  10. Curtain Road
  11. John Princes Street
  12. John Princes Street

The New Local, Issue 2 – Touches and Impressions

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The second issue of The New Local, a series of events and publications to archive LCF memories in the lead up to the move to Stratford Waterfront, was inspired by a staff member who said that one of the things she loved about London College of Fashion was how elements of the buildings have changed over time with wear and use.

The New Local issue 2 considers the touches and impressions left on the LCF buildings. These details are the result of our daily interactions with the buildings that are both common and specific. Each image selected hints at our daily habits and some may act as individual reminders of their familiarity with the space.

There will be a launch event for staff at the Golden Lane site on 1 June, and there will be more details on this in events bulletins as well as the Need to Know email.

The New Local, Issue 1

Many staff joined us at John Princes Street in December for the first event of The New Local, a series of events and publications to archive LCF memories in the lead up to the move to Stratford Waterfront.

Issue 1 was a photo project documenting every single room across all six sites, and its launch was celebrated with a Pub Quiz. It was amazing to see the sixth floor transformed into a local boozer, complete with horse brasses on the walls, dark wood, wallpaper and tablecloths.

We drank beer and wine, and ate pork scratchings, crisps and nuts, then pitted ourselves against each other on general, fashion, and LCF knowledge for the ultimate pub quiz. Complete with drawing round and ‘Hairdo Zoo,’ the quiz rewarded the winners with a gold staff-pass holders, and the losers with jars of cockles.

Have a look at the quiz below. How many of the answers would you have got?

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The New Local, Issue 2, sees staff come together at Golden Lane on 1 June at 4pm. Watch out for details in your events bulletin, as well as your Need to Know email, every Friday at 10am.

Have a look at some of the talents of our contestants in the drawing round.

Share your memories of LCF

Looking forward to the future can also give us a chance to look back and see how far we’ve come.

LCF has a long and vibrant history that we all share in and we want you to celebrate your vision of it.

"Know How and Know Why Exhibition", London College of Fashion - College Archive. Photographer unknown, Barrett Street school, 26th September 1957.

“Know How and Know Why Exhibition”, London College of Fashion – College Archive. Photographer unknown, Barrett Street school, 26th September 1957.

This #LCFmemories space on the E20 LCF blog is where you can submit, peruse and enjoy your photographs, stories and artefacts that show something about the history of the college. Whether it be a memory from decades ago or something from the present day, please share with us your unique perspective that gives LCF its unique identity.

Please submit your photographs, memories of people and places and happenings of times gone by, your stories of important events and your comments on the little things that make up daily life at LCF… and everything and anything in between.
Also, get in touch if you have an object that needs photographing or would like help to create a piece about your memory of LCF, or anything else you would like to discuss.

If we can weave the story of the LCF of the past years, we can carry the life of the college forward as it undergoes the next exciting transformation for future staff, students and everyone else who takes part in the life of our college. Knowing where you come from can help steer where you are going.

London College of Fashion - College Archive London County Council

London College of Fashion – College Archive, London County Council. Shown in prospectuses from 1967 to 1970.

LCF exhibitions manager Belinda May puts the finishing touches to Adam Murray’s photographic display, entitled ‘We Alone are the People’. Jan 2008

LCF exhibitions manager Belinda May puts the finishing touches to Adam Murray’s photographic display, entitled ‘We Alone are the People’. January 2008.

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