Berwick Street Market, Bazza, Alamy

LISTEN: Soho Then

—Soho Then is a series of photo-based podcasts featuring oral history interviews with over 20, long-term residents and workers of Soho.

Its aim is to capture key memories and experiences of specific Soho streets and buildings, from a personal perspective, at a time when the area is changing rapidly. 

Over six months, and using photographs from personal and other collections as a starting point, Soho Then Producer Clare Lynch has conducted interviews with individuals who have spent a minimum of two decades living and/or working in Soho. These interviewees have also fought hard to protect Soho buildings, to help vulnerable members of the community, and to enable visitors to have a good time when they come to Soho.

Many people still don't believe that people live here. It's about taking the front off the houses and sharing the stories inside — Clare Lynch, Soho Then Producer

 

The interviews will be edited as a series of freely available podcasts drawing together the themes of: Food & Shopping; Home & Homelessness; Sex & Sexuality; Music & Theatre Clubs; Fashion & Tailoring and Film & Cinema

Soho Then is financially supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and #MyWestminster Fund. With thanks to National Lottery Players

Berwick Street Market, c. 1980, Bazza / Alamy Stock Photo

Ep 1. Food and Shopping

In this episode we explore the topic of Food & Shopping in Soho's past. Claudio Mussi is our guide with contributions from former and present-day residents and workers sharing their memories of Soho from twenty or more years ago.

Photo: Leslie Hardcastle at the BFI Central Booking Agency, 164 Shaftsbury Avenue, c.1950, courtesy Leslie Hardcastle

Ep 2. Film and Cinema

In this episode we explore the topic of Film and Cinema in Soho’s past. Leslie Hardcastle and Pamela Power are our guides with contributions from former and present-day residents and workers sharing their memories of Soho from twenty or more years ago. 

Teenagers in London’s Carnaby Street, 1969, The National Archives UK

Ep 3. Fashion and Tailoring

In this episode, Martyn Borovick is our guide to Soho's world of fashion and tailoring, with contributions from former and present-day residents and workers sharing their memories of Soho from twenty or more years ago.

Ebbonknee & Ruby Venezuela, La Vie En Rose, Great Windmill St, 1984, Photo courtesy Ebbonknee

Ep 4. Music & Theatre Clubs

Coming soon…

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund