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February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT


@ 56A Infoshop 

  • Get your hands on some wonderful old squatting publications!
  • Think about what these people’s histories mean to us today!
  • Make our own Squatters Handbook!

Frankie and Chris from 56a Infoshop, a long term London-based radical social centre and archive, invite you to dive into London’s rich and varied squatting histories with a particular focus on the involvement of women and Black and Brown people in those stories.

In Session One, we’ll be introducing you to 56a Infoshop, our archival squatting material and why we run a public radical archive. Sharing some choice publications, some short films and other bits and pieces, we’ll let you loose on the material. We’ll create together a timeline of what jumps out and what inspires you and what important questions we can bring about those times but also about housing today. We will take those questions forward into the next session.

In Session Two, we continue to look at the squatting archive and have a guided discussion: How do you personally connect with these histories? Have you found out any more about the topics you were most interested in? How does the material at 56a Infoshop connect with other archives? Using copies of 56a material (posters, documents, etc) and anything you want to bring into the session to ‘show and tell’, we’ll collectively make a squatters handbook using your insights and ideas to take away and share.

Sessions will be loosely facilitated with time for dreaming, breaks for fresh air and space for solo or group work.


February 23
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT
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