Poles in South London Project

a project dedicated to everyday heroes who built the Polish cultural and social life in London after 1945

The Poles in South London Project  (2020-2022) focuses on a critical but neglected part of the Poles’ story in London – the growth and decline of the Gmina Polska Londyn-Południe (GPL-P), the Polish Community Association of South London established in the 1950s. The Association aimed to preserve Polish language, culture and heritage. It engaged with community groups, activities and organisations including schools, scouts and folk-dance clubs. Many of these survive to this day, but their origins are being lost. We will preserve the memories of those engaging in activities supported by the Gmina Polska Londyn-Południe for future generations, using our project to celebrate and strengthen relationships between Poles and the wider community. The subproject sections below present our current work.


The project has been coordinated by community development charity, Stockwell Partnership, and made possible by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Oral History

At the core of our project will be six new recordings of oral histories told by the Poles who helped set up social groups and organisations in South London from the ’50s to the ‘90s.

Polish Heritage Map

In early 2021, we published a revised edition of our full-colour map featuring some of the existing and ‘lost’ Polish heritage sites in South London.

Education

We will run activities with teachers at the Polish Supplementary (Saturday) Schools and non-Polish schools in South London.

Events

We want to bring the Polish heritage to life via a wide range of community events.

Album

A bilingual publication in the form of a richly illustrated album with over 40 portraits and photographs will depict important places and stories of Poles from South London and other locations.


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