Putting Blackheath on the Map

Added on by Jo Townshend.
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What puts Blackheath on the map?

We want to create an event/installation where we literally ‘Put Blackheath on the Map’ – a great big interactive  ‘map’ located on the flat rooftop of our office in the heart of Blackheath Village.

Through an architectural treasure map we invite people to explore Blackheath, discover new treasures and pin them on the map!

 

 

 

Is its strategic position on the Roman Road from London to Kent (now known as the A2) or the railway from central London out to Kent built by the Victorians along with the station? 

Is it because of its historical connections?  Watt Tyler rallyed here before marching on London with John Ball in 1381.

Or its topography?  One of the largest expanses of open common land in London, which legend has it, was the burial ground for plague victims, but perhaps now better known as the starting point for the London Marathon, an annual firework display, kite flying and festivals.

Or perhaps it is the Blackheath Halls and the Conservatoire now run by the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance,the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex’ in London.

Is its proximity to Greenwich Park with its famous Observatory and Meridian line – the 0º line for all maps.

In fact, all of these things contribute to put Blackheath on the map and to make a place unique and special but it is important to remember that Blackheath is much more than this.   It is also a place called home, a place of work and play, a place to bring up children and to go to school, a place to come for a good night out and to walk the dogs.

 We want to take the maps of London and Blackheath, the old maps and those that attempt to map out the future and interrogate them and the idea of mapping itself.  We want to map out what Blackheath means to the people who live, work and go to school here or those who just visit the farmer’s market on a Sunday or come and fly their kites.

We want to create an event/installation where we literally ‘Put Blackheath on the Map’ – a great big interactive  ‘map’ located on the flat rooftop of our office in the heart of Blackheath village where we invite people to contribute what Blackheath means to them.