Neighbourhood Number 9

The Micro Museum's first exhibition series, Neighbourhood Number 9, is organised by the V&A and explores the importance of the Lansbury Estate as a microcosm of planning ideas for London.

Over the coming year, the V&A will present three exhibitions about the local area: from the estate’s conception as an ideal neighbourhood in the aftermath of the Second World War, through the impact of modernisation and industrial change, to the plans for population growth over the next decade. By inviting direct contributions from residents it will consider how life there has changed over time, and how it might change again. What were the external influences that guided the estate’s creation and growth, and how will they remain or evolve in the future?

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Past Exhibitions

New Futures

17 June - 17 September 2017

The next instalment of the Neighbourhood Number Nine exhibition series launches at the Lansbury Micro Museum on Saturday 17 June. The new display New Futures will run until Sunday 17 September and will invite visitors to contribute their own concerns and hopes for the future of Poplar.

What if the community itself could lead urban change? What would ideally be preserved, and what would be encouraged to grow?

The opening will be marked with a walking tour by historian Rosamund West (2-3pm) and a Build-your-own-Clock-Tower model-making workshop (12-4pm) with illustrator Sebastian Harding.

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New Horizons 1950s – 1980s

25 February - 15 April 2017

The exhibition New Horizons 1950s – 1980s considers the changing nature of the Lansbury neighbourhood over four tumultuous decades in the East End, addressing the impacts of industrial modernisation, declining docklands and the strategic relocation of communities to New Towns outside of London.

Investigating how such dramatic changes in local industry, population and transport links shaped the neighbourhood, the display reveals how the fortunes of the local community were influenced by a complex web of political and planning ideologies – reaching far beyond the boundaries of the estate itself. Alongside archival photographs, drawings and original artefacts, the exhibition features an audio soundtrack comprising of insights and stories from members of the local community both past and present.

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New Beginnings

17 September - 01 December 2016

The exhibition New Beginnings was the first in the Neighbourhood Number 9 series exploring the history and architectural significance of the Lansbury Estate.

Often held up as a model estate, it was conceived in the run up to the 1951 Festival of Britain, and was a legacy of LCC’s progressive ‘County of London Plan’ of 1943. Close to 500 homes, two schools, two churches and a new market were proposed for the 30-acre site which had suffered from extensive bomb damage and years of pre-war neglect.

Bringing together archive photography, drawings, film clips, texts and original artefacts, New Beginnings engaged visitors with the original aspirations of London County Council in planning a successful post-war community and in developing the Lansbury Estate.

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“The Lansbury Estate has served as a microcosm for the opportunities and problems which London has faced as a whole. Its surroundings are rich with urban, social and architectural innovations we now take for granted, and it is our hope that the exhibition will reveal these once again as we consider the future for other neighbourhoods locally and nationally. It is a wonderful opportunity to create an exhibition set amidst the subject it is exploring, enabling us to work with the local community to reconsider preconceptions and establish a stronger connection with the real life of the estate.”

[ Ruth Lang, Curator ]