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London Stories for 2014

The Mill: from closed library to community beacon

The closure of their local library shocked the St James Street community. But out of the ashes they are building something incredible... In April 1997 Alison Griffin, three-months pregnant and with a toddler in tow, took a two-week holiday in Libya. When she got home, she went straig...

by Neil Baker

Telling the true story of Black Britain

Three giant brass heads sit in a dark corner of the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London. Two are representations of a king, one is a queen mother. The people of the Benin Empire, in modern day Nigeria, made busts like these to glorify Oba – the divine king – and to ce...

by Neil Baker

Changing lives in Kingston

A torrent of filthy rainwater crashes through the ceiling, interrupting Matt Hatton in mid-sentence. He’d been explaining how the group he runs helps homeless people across Kingston, south west London. Now he’s jumping out of his broken office chair to check the photocopier ha...

by Neil Baker

Love Kingston. Profile: Georgie Forshaw, KCAH

“It’s rarely a happy day for someone when they come to see me,” says Georgie Forshaw, a caseworker at Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH).  “But we offer help, and if they take it, we can change their lives. And that’s not bad.” Week...

by Neil Baker