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Learn about the people who shaped Enfield

Toni Fielding invites residents to join a new multimedia trail that highlights stories from the borough’s older generation

A knitting group at North London Hospice (led by Artemis, pictured left) have helped tell the life story of Norma (pictured right) in the form of a knitted artwork
A knitting group at North London Hospice (led by Artemis, pictured left) have helped tell the life story of Norma (pictured right) in the form of a knitted artwork

In today’s world we are more connected than ever and have the ability to share our life events at the press of a button with hundreds, sometimes even thousands of people. But how often do we reflect upon the person we are today and the life events that have led us there?

MHA Communities North London is a local charity supporting the older community in Enfield and neighbouring boroughs. With the support of Enfield Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have spent the past year with Enfield’s older generation doing just this. From Edmonton to Egypt, Crews Hill to Calcutta, we invite you to join us on a multimedia experience in Enfield Town this month, where you will learn about the people who have helped shape the borough we live in today and their living legacy to future generations.

Have your smartphone at the ready to scan a series of QR codes along the trail and enter into the lived experience of the borough’s older residents, as they reflect on and share their memories and experiences of Enfield and beyond.

From stories about the Second World War to memories of school days and much more, this intergenerational project celebrates Enfield’s heritage identity and identifies contrasts and parallels with today’s way of living.


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Twelve individual artworks, designed and created by community groups, will accompany each story along the trail and will be placed at locations linked to the stories throughout Enfield Town, including Enfield Town Library, Trinity Church and Enfield War Memorial, to name a few. Written transcriptions will be available for those who are not online to ensure this project is accessible to all.

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So grab your friends, families or four-legged friends and take a walk down memory lane with us this autumn! The event is free and open to all.

MHA Communities and its members would like to thank Enfield Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for making this project possible. We would also like to extend our thanks to each and every older resident who has shared their stories with us, as well as the community groups who have helped us to make the artworks and create our own little piece of history, here in Enfield.

The MHA Communities multimedia project is one of 13 community heritage projects funded through the ‘Stories of Enfield’ programme, led by Enfield Council and supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund. For more information:
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enfield.gov.uk/services/property-and-economy/cultural-services/stories-of-enfield


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