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===Introduction===
 
===Introduction===
Peckham Vision held an exhibition about Peckham town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. From the Olympiad brochure: ''This is a collection of some of the thoroughly exciting events that are taking place in the ever-lovely Peckham over the time of London’s Olympics. We are a collective of organisations and individuals, all with the aim of creating and exhibiting artistic projects of Peckham. We hope to see some new faces in our spaces, enjoying the events and getting to know those that have made them happen.'' Details were in the brochure [http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/images/6/65/PECKHAM_CULTURAL_OLYMPIAD-5.pdf 'Peckham Cultural Olympiad'], which gave individual contributors' websites for further details on timings of events and locations.
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Peckham Vision held an exhibition about Peckham town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. From the Olympiad brochure: ''This is a collection of some of the thoroughly exciting events that are taking place in the ever-lovely Peckham over the time of London’s Olympics. We are a collective of organisations and individuals, all with the aim of creating and exhibiting artistic projects of Peckham. We hope to see some new faces in our spaces, enjoying the events and getting to know those that have made them happen.'' Details were in the brochure [http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/images/6/65/PECKHAM_CULTURAL_OLYMPIAD-5.pdf 'Peckham Cultural Olympiad'], which gave individual contributors' websites for further details on timings of events and locations.<br>
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There was a non-stop stream of visitors to the 3 day exhibition. Over 600 people all keen to know more about the Old Waiting Room, the station restoration, the new public square and the town centre generally. It is clear that there is great local enthusiasm for the planned changes. An outline of the exhibtion and what unfolded is below.
  
 
===Purpose of exhibition===
 
===Purpose of exhibition===

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Platform View – Visions of Peckham: exhibition 2nd-4th August 2012

in the Old Waiting Room off platform 3 Peckham Rye Station


Introduction

Peckham Vision held an exhibition about Peckham town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. From the Olympiad brochure: This is a collection of some of the thoroughly exciting events that are taking place in the ever-lovely Peckham over the time of London’s Olympics. We are a collective of organisations and individuals, all with the aim of creating and exhibiting artistic projects of Peckham. We hope to see some new faces in our spaces, enjoying the events and getting to know those that have made them happen. Details were in the brochure 'Peckham Cultural Olympiad', which gave individual contributors' websites for further details on timings of events and locations.

There was a non-stop stream of visitors to the 3 day exhibition. Over 600 people all keen to know more about the Old Waiting Room, the station restoration, the new public square and the town centre generally. It is clear that there is great local enthusiasm for the planned changes. An outline of the exhibtion and what unfolded is below.

Purpose of exhibition

The exhibition was the culmination of years of work on the part of some local residents and community groups. It took place with the agreement of Network Rail who own the space, and Southern Rail who manage the station which has the only current access to the Old Waiting Room. Local residents have been working to develop a new approach to the issues of Peckham town centre with some success – it is now recognised that:

  • the historic buildings scattered throughout the town centre are a significant asset to restore and improve the feel of the townscape and to stimulate higher quality design and development.
  • the station is a key gateway to the town centre and sufficient funds have now been allocated to the Council to complete (by 2016) the restoration of the station and also transform its immediate surroundings.
  • the Bussey building and adjacent Copland site are valuable parts of the town centre that need sensitive development to integrate the historic parts with new developments.
  • the whole area of Network Rail land and property in and around the station and the adjacent land is in the ‘middle of the town centre’, and not on the fringe.
  • that new creative industries have taken root in Peckham but that they still need nurturing especially in this middle part of the town centre.
  • there needs to be a joined up approach from within the Council on their town centre responsibilities, and new team-working between property and business owners and traders and others with an interest in the town centre.

The exhibition was designed:

  • to report, to the local community and others interested, on the next stages in the historic restoration work and some of the implications of this for the town centre and the fledgling creative industries;
  • to encourage local people to continue to develop their interest in these matters and to become involved in some way in the work;
  • to demonstrate the significant role that the Old Waiting Room could play, when managed by the community, as a focal point for Peckham town centre in all its different dimensions as a place of commerce, enterprise, community, leisure, entertainment, education, information and social life.

Thursday evening opening session

The exhibition opened on the first evening, with a gathering of over 200, with an introduction by Eileen Conn Peckham Vision co-ordinator. Benedict O’Looney, adviser to Peckham Vision and The Peckham Society, gave an inspiring talk illuminated wth slides [link to selection of slides] of Peckham's historic buildings [text from Benny]. Andy Savage the Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, invited to speak, explained the strong support the Trust had for the community’s work on the station restoration and that, if Peckham Vision applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to complete the Old Waiting Room restoration, the RHT would contribute 40% of the total. This proposal which was much appreciated is being followed up by Peckham Vision with the support of RHT.

Exhibition displays

The exhibition comprised a series of display panels, from Peckham Vision, the Peckham Society, Benedict O’Looney Architects, Southwark Council and Southern Rail:

  • Peckham town centre’s historic buildings
  • Peckham Rye station history & restoration
  • Peckham Rye station square: some ideas for future
  • Peckham town centre an integrated approach
  • Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan (PNAAP
  • Station platforms
  • The Exhibition – Community Initiatives + Thanks

All the display panels are available in jpg and pdf form to view and download here

Exhibition activities

The Peckham Society contributed its local history bookstall. There were several opportunities for visitors to record their own views, ideas and questions, and discuss them with fellow visitors and the team of volunteers. Children (and visitors of all ages) had a play area for them to draw and decorate some large cardboard buildings and express their thoughts in visual form. Light food and drinks refreshments were provided by local businesses who are very much part of the local town centre and adjacent neighbourhood area. Train passengers stumbled on the exhibition as they came through the station, and many others came seeking the magical space and were escorted through the station to and from Platform 3 by an enthusiastic team of Peckham Vision volunteers, throughout the three days.

Exhibition photos

Include two photos side by side with captions, and then this text – Please see exhibition photo gallery on the three day experience. [Use these headings to create the photo gallery on the linked page: beginning, opening session (Thurs eve), enjoying the displays, children’s section, wall panels feedback, any other theme that can de discerned through the collection of pics. All these photos to be displayed in 350px size like the two side by side here http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Old_Waiting_Room or possibly smaller and three in a row - need to experiment]

Comments and Feedback from Visitors

Visitors were given an opportunity to write up their thoughts on a blackboard which was photographed when full and wiped clean for further comments, and also a vox-pops corner where visitors were invited to voice their thoughts about the town centre. At the bookstall and near the entrance and exit door there was a circle of chairs and space to talk and to complete evaluation forms. The contributions on all of these have been collated and are included in this paper [give it a title] link to page on feddback.