Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave and Waltham Forest, 1989-1994

Rendezvous Projects is delighted to announce that we have received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a project in London Borough of Waltham Forest to explore the history of music heritage and youth culture in the borough: that of the pirate radio and the rave scene during the years 1989-1994.

The project, entitled Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave and Waltham Forest will focus on the period 1989-1994 and research takes place from April to October 2019. Involving the local community and volunteers, it will include oral history interviews from people who were involved in the scene, photographs, event flyers, video and audio from the time as well as contemporary photographs. It will result in a publication, public event and web archive; content will be accessioned by Vestry House Museum archives for future public access.


Do you have memories or material to share?

If you were part of the pirate radio or dance music scene in the borough at this time and would like to find out more about the project, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from people who ran businesses, or attended events, designed flyers, took photographs, dj’d and have any video.

Contact us on 07537147999 or email katherine@rendezvousprojects.org.uk

Volunteering Opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering for the project, we need people with research skills, so please get in touch if you’d like to help.

We value the involvement of volunteers as it helps ensure our work includes the interests, needs and resources of the communities where we work. We believe that volunteers should be able to personally benefit from being involved in our projects.


Project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund



Lightboxes and Lettering

Rendezvous Projects CIC have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project ‘Lightboxes and Lettering; Printing Industry Heritage in East London’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the pre-digital era of printing in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and the experiences of people involved in the industry.


The project will explore how the printing industry has changed with the arrival of digital technologies, and how newer processes have transformed the everyday lives of print workers. Volunteers will be engaged in oral history interviews with current and former employees, and in digitising archive material collected from existing and private collections. Members of the public will have the opportunity to take part in artist-led workshops, using some of the processes and exploring the archive material uncovered by volunteers. The project will culminate in early 2019 with an exhibition and publication, and a website will document the progress of the project throughout.


Printing – including lithography, silkscreen and letter press – has been an important industry in east London for many years. Access to small presses allowed political and community groups to easily print their books, pamphlets and leaflets, and many of these smaller firms were in east London. In recent years, the industry has changed a great deal, with the number of print workshops now much reduced and those in operation working in very different ways to how they would have done just a few decades ago.


The project will map former businesses, record the experiences of current and former employees, and collect printed matter, images of print workshops and details of technical processes. It will offer skills in oral history interviews, archive research and digital media to volunteers, and will share print processes with members of the public.

For more information see the project website www.lightboxeslettering.com

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Image above: D. Smith & Sons Ltd, carton makers, 97 Lea Bridge Road, printing carton sheets, 1959.
Courtesy of Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest.




WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest

A major arts and heritage project exploring the social history and continuing importance of the Warner Estate in Waltham Forest, London, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

“Warner” properties were built in the from the late nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century, with many of the properties taking the form of distinctive red brick self-contained flats.

The project was initiated by artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green in 2014. Following research about current residents of the estate, in 2014 an exhibition took place in the former Warner rent office on Brettenham Road E17, including archival and new photographs, documents and oral history recordings.

In 2016 a second stage was initiated, managed by Rendezvous Projects. This stage expanded the initial research with a group of volunteers who carried out further oral history interviews, archive research and contributed to community events, and a programme of collecting photographs from current and former Warner residents. An exhibition (funded by Arts Council England and local business sponsorship) took place for six months at Vestry House Museum, providing a context and venue for many of the peripheral events, and a mobile phone app was produced and launched in 2017. The app, along with the events and volunteer programme, were funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Project outcomes: 

An exhibition at Vestry House Museum visited by 12,661 visitors. A free app giving a walking tour of the area.  We recruited 31 volunteers whose experience included learning photography, conducting oral history interviews, managing events & marketing; 4 free memory sharing events in local community spaces; training for 12 volunteers in oral history; over 40 oral history interviews conducted by volunteers and artists; training for 12 volunteers in photography; training in archive research for 6 volunteerstraining in architectural heritage for 3 volunteersled historical walks for 19 volunteers; run 2 public ‘Research your Warner Home’ workshops at Vestry House Museum, attended by 44 people; given 2 free artists talks for 70 people; held 2 free tea parties with 160 attendees.

Lead Artists: Lucy Harrison & Katherine Green
Funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England
Sponsors: Stow Brothers Estate Agents, London Lofts & Construction




Lea Bridge Links

A project based around the Lea Bridge ward in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, exploring the place as Lea Bridge railway station re-opened, and working collaboratively with local residents and businesses.

The project included events, guided walks and talks, and an exhibition, Busy Lea Bridge Was Once a Lonely Road, in an empty industrial unit at 97 Lea Bridge Road, the site of a future large housing development. A publication for the Lea Bridge area was distributed along Lea Bridge Road and an exhibition of photographs of the station went on display at Lea Bridge Library.

Photograph above of the station in 1963, courtesy Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The film below was made as part of the project, featuring Graham Larkbey on the first train to run from Lea Bridge to Stratford in May 2016.


Lea Bridge Station Unofficial Re-opening May 2016 from Lucy Harrison on Vimeo.


Lead Artist: Lucy Harrison
Funder: Waltham Forest Council Arts Development Grant