Primary pupils learn lessons from Brixton’s arches

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Inside story: Interviewing The Baron's Rob about what it is like to run a small business and being evicted by Network Rail

Inside story: Interviewing The Baron’s Rob about what it is like to run a small business and being evicted by Network Rail

Pupils from Stockwell primary school left the classroom yesterday for Brixton’s threatened arches where they interviewed traders due to be evicted by Network Rail, surveyed the area with the help of Sarah Hackney of Brixton-based architects HackneyGrove and learnt about community campaigning from Our Brixton.

Teacher Aine Milner said the visit was part of a larger project involving the Royal Institution of British Architects that will see the pupils look at the history of the arches and the area surrounding them from the Second World War until today.

 

Lining up for a group photo with teacher Aine Milner from Stockwell Primary on the left

Lining up for a group photo with teacher Aine Milner from Stockwell Primary on the left

 

Girl chalking pavement

Our Brixton campaigners showed pupils how to win free publicity for a campaign

 

Save Brixton Arches chalked slogan

 

Pupils chalking pavement

 

Learning how to use a measuring laser

Learning how to use a measuring laser …

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Learning to use tape measure

… and more traditional methods

 

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Sarah Hackney explains a task to pupils

 

Potent Whisper from Our Brixton organises the group photograph

Potent Whisper from Our Brixton organises the group photograph

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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