Strandlines have several partners, who are helping to facilitate the project.
Westminster City Archives hold many Strand-related images and texts that they have kindly allowed the Strandlines team to digitise for the project website.The Archives Centre is a wonderful resource for people who wish to research their local or family history. It houses and preserves newspapers, books, pamplets, photographs, drawings and sketches, parish registers, census returns and local government records. The archives have also recently set-up a web-based resource, Westminster Memories, which brings together community collections from the local area. These include Church Street Memories, Soho Memories, and West End at War.
We are also working with Age Concern Westminster, soon to be known as Age UK Westminster. Strandlines events will be held at the Age Concern Day Centre in Odhams Walk. The Centre is a lively, friendly and inclusive place, which organises daily activities for older people in the local area. The Strandlines team are very grateful to the staff at the Day Centre for all their support.
We are working with the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, a support centre for homeless people in the area. The Connection is a fantastic creative as well as supportive hub. It houses a creative writing group, a walking tours group, and an active Art group. Recent work by homeless photographers at the Connection can be viewed on their Flickr page.
Where the Strand is in many ways characterised by the transience of its communities, there are more permanent communities of residents nearby. Our third project partner is Odhams Walk Resident Management Ltd.This are an association of residents who manage the housing and environment at Odhams Walk, a housing communty based in Covent Garden.
St Martins-in-the-Fields Archives have digitised some of the wartime Strand pictures currently on the site. The Strandlines team will be meeting with St Martins Older Members group on the 5th January.