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
Photo: Leslie Hardcastle at the BFI Central Booking Agency, 164 Shaftsbury Avenue, c.1950, courtesy Leslie Hardcastle
Teenagers in London’s Carnaby Street, 1969, The National Archives UK
Ebbonknee & Ruby Venezuela, La Vie En Rose, Great Windmill St, 1984, Photo courtesy Ebbonknee
Tish Murtha, from the series London by Night, 1983 © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved, Courtesy Ella Murtha & The Photographers’ Gallery
Ep.5 Sex and Sexuality