Having lived in Croydon for over twenty years, I have seen the transformation within the borough over the many years. London Borough of Croydon has certainly had its challenges, especially in recent years. Some of the issues such as knife crime has left its scar on our community that nurtures the most young people than any other borough across London. The concept of telling the story about Croydon stem from seeing all these challenges that the borough has been dealing with, where I wanted to focus on the positive attributes and resilience of Croydon through images. The story of a community with a very long and illustrious history, its colourful and vibrant murals, its friendly and resilient people needed to be told and to be done so, in a unique way. The murals across the borough speaks vividly of the story of the heart of its residences, the diversity of the community and the landscape in which it occupies.
I shared this vision with Imaan Samson and Antoinette Page, who both took the timeout to do the necessary research, work with young people and compile the exhibition in one of our virtual spaces. We soon realised the depth of the work involve including the stories that is there to be told. There is far more to be told about Croydon, going back to the iron age, individuals who lived and contributed positively to the growth of the borough. Our Croydon Murals Project, in partnership with Bridging Histories and the Mayor of London, is just the beginning of a much deeper history of the London Borough of Croydon, yet to be told.