Edge City: Croydon
A National Trust celebration of post war politics, place-making and pride.
This June, as part of Croydon Heritage Festival, National Trust London is reviving Edge City: Croydon for one day. Once again we will be running tours around some of Croydon’s most iconic buildings and the surrounding ‘new town’ area. It has only been a year, but Croydon is changing rapidly and this is an apt moment to celebrate its post-war architecture and help shape as well as debate its future.
In July 2016, National Trust London explored the contemporary heritage of Croydon and cast a spotlight on the borough as one of the most important examples of the post-war ambition to build a new society. Following hot on the heels of openings of the Balfron Tower and Southbank Centre, the project aim was to change the perception of heritage from simply country houses and coastlines, and celebrates the real places in which people live, work and play.
Often referred to as an ‘Edge City’ – a city-sized development on the outskirts of a city – this project is a riposte to Croydon’s ‘Crap Town’ reputation. Everywhere has its own unique spirit of place, and many Croydonians feel tremendous pride for their town. As it begins another wave of regeneration, the National Trust is seeking to spark a debate about what is special and cherished about suburban places like Croydon, which are as awash with heritage, green space and beauty as anywhere else.
Places like Croydon are the ordinary places in which people live, work, and play. The National Trust wants to reveal how they came about, explore how they took their current form, discover what people love about those places, and establish how we can maintain and develop them for future generations.
The 5th Croydon Heritage Festival will celebrate the unique story of the town with a jam-packed programme of events curated under the theme of Evolutionand taking place from 24 June – 30 June 2017.
Detailed event information and ticket links can be found at www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk
Date: Sunday 25 June
Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Duration: 60 minutes
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