What does Heritage mean to you?
As part of Southwark today, Syrup is working with the Southwark’s heritage service to expand on the Southwark archives and collections to create a picture of what life is like in the borough in the present day and recent past.
We want to capture some of the energy, creativity and community spirit that makes Southwark special to bring together in a celebratory Southwark today exhibition in 2022, and ensure that these stories become part of the archives to create a resource for future generations.
We need your help!
We are looking to connect with you, the people who live, work and play in the borough, and find out what Southwark means to you. We want to hear about your memories: perhaps they might be of moving to Southwark, growing up in the borough, working here, or even how the events of 2020 have affected you.
This is a chance to contribute your stories to the history of your borough and to help build a resource for future generations. Please help us capture Southwark Today by answering a few questions.
What will we do with your information?
We ask for some personal data and your contact information so that, if you’d like us to, we can contact you about this project in the future and keep you informed of any opportunities to get involved.
The information you give is confidential and will be kept securely by Syrup. We collect it to help us monitor our equalities. We respect your privacy and will make sure that we protect your personal information. Your data will be securely retained for a year after which it will be destroyed. If you have any questions or no longer wish to be involved after you’ve completed the survey, please contact
What is your name?
Which part of Southwark do you feel most connected to? Where do you live, work and play in Southwark? Tick all that apply.
Elephant and Castle
Why do you feel most connected to this area?
Thinking about how people lived, worked and played in the past, what are you most curious about in terms of Southwark’s history?
What aspects of our lives do you think are important to share with people now and in the future?
Where do you feel most at home in Southwark? And why?
Are there any specific people or organisations in Southwark that you feel should be celebrated for the work that they do? And why?
Do you have a photo or scan of something to share with us? This can be from the past or present. Please tell us what it is here, and email it to us with a brief description and the date it was taken:
Please tick this box if you’d like to talk to us about working on this exhibition or on other ways to share your memories and stories.
I would be happy to be contacted by Syrup
I do not wish to be contacted further
Please answering a few questions to help us monitor the audience we are reaching as part of this project. We will not store your information beyond the lifespan of the project. Please email us at
if you have any questions.
What is your age group?
18 - 34
35 - 54
55 - 64
Prefer not to say
What do you consider to be your ethnic background?
Other European (please specify if you wish)
Other White (please specify if you wish)
Other African (please specify if you wish)
Other Black (please specify if you wish)
Other Asian (please specify if you wish)
Mixed White/Black Caribbean
Mixed White/Black African
Other Mixed Background (please specify if you wish)
Gypsy, Roma or Irish Traveller
Other Ethnic Background (please specify if you wish)
Please specify if you wish
How would you describe your gender?
Other (please specific if you wish)
Prefer not to say
Please specify if you wish
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like further information, get in touch!
Email us at:
The photos we receive may be used in the exhibition this project is informing, digital communications about the project, and will be added to the archive's collections. Copyright will be acknowledged in the exhibition, and any online use would be appropriate in terms of resolution, watermarking, etc. How you want the archive to deal with third-party usage requests is a conversation for you to have with archive staff.
Images provided by Southwark Archives / Phil Polglaze
We are running the survey as part of the installation at the Southwark Heritage Centre & Walworth Library.
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