Community Engagement

Millwall’s changing communities: Memories of football and neighbourhood in South London

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Experiences of football, community, and neighbourhood are central to this new heritage project, led by Bede and starting in early 2017. Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) fans are part of the history of Millwall, just as Millwall is part of an increasingly diverse neighbourhood. It is this relationship between fan culture, football club and neighbourhood that the Lottery-funded research and heritage project ‘Millwall’s changing communities’ wants to explore.

The aim of the 2-year project is to uncover and record the memories and experiences of BAME Millwall fans in South London over a 50 year period, approximately from the mid-1960s to the present day. The life stories of the fans will be recorded over the summer and autumn 2017. They will in the long term be held by the Southwark Local History Library, and they will be available to the wider public from January 2018.

The life stories will also inspire two theatre projects, carried out with the performance company ActREAL, as well as a 45 minute documentary, and a booklet summarising project findings.

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‘Millwall’s changing communities’ is managed by Bede House, working in collaboration with local stakeholders:

Millwall for all is involved in a wide range of activities, promoting inclusion and community engagement in Southwark and Lewisham.

Southwark Local History Library is where the oral histories will be deposited. The library also hosted a small exhibition about the project in January 2017.

Research findings

The project will be completed by the end of March 2019. Findings and interview extracts as well as information about the film, ‘Millwall, Black and White: A portrait from the terraces’ are posted here. There is an opportunity to post comments and engage in a dialogue of the past, present and future of Millwall’s changing communities!