Sounds of Sirens By Elisabeth Field 

If sound shapes the mood of a city, how is our mood shaped by the sounds we hear?  Sound plays a vital role in our experiences, as we rely on aural symbols and signposts to navigate the unseen, the unusual and the unexpected. In doing so, these noises can lead us to fun, and to fear. Sound can guide us to safety without us even listening.  It can … More Sounds of Sirens By Elisabeth Field 

Time to Get Up Stand Up and Stop Taking The Knee

by Prof William Lez Henry   London July 12, 2021  You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln  So now we see the light; what you gonna do?   We gonna stand up for our rights.   Oh, you better Get … More Time to Get Up Stand Up and Stop Taking The Knee

Urban Tree Festival by Peter Coles

Peter Coles, was one of four tree-lovers who set up the first Urban Tree Festival in London In 2018.  The aim was to fill a gap left when the Mayor’s Office switched its funding from a Tree Week in May to the London National Park City venture.    Back in 2018 we managed to crowdfund a little bit of money and charged a small amount for walks and talks, with the four … More Urban Tree Festival by Peter Coles

‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

In the last edition of Streetsigns podcast we heard about the Vox Liminis project based in Glasgow that uses creative practices and song writing to help prisoners make sense of leaving prison and coming home.    In this edition we meet the award-winning Orcadian songwriter Kris Drever who is part of the Vox Liminis project and … More ‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

Field Notes from Self Isolation by Virginia Bertelli

Introduction : Crafting an attentiveness to the unspoken rhythms and textures of life is sociology’s most important gift to understanding cities. It’s noticing those remarkable things that often go unremarked upon and finding ways to record and honour what would otherwise be lost. As cities have emptied during the pandemic and citizens remain confined to … More Field Notes from Self Isolation by Virginia Bertelli

Field Notes: connecting with older generations at a distance during COVID-19 by Robin Skyer

Introduction : Crafting an attentiveness to the unspoken rhythms and textures of life is sociology’s most important gift to understanding cities. It’s noticing those remarkable things that often go unremarked upon and finding ways to record and honour what would otherwise be lost. As cities have emptied during the pandemic and citizens remain confined to … More Field Notes: connecting with older generations at a distance during COVID-19 by Robin Skyer

Such a Gas, Gas, Gas by Alex Rhys Taylor

It’s 6.00am on Tuesday morning in the car park of a redbrick housing estate in Tower Hamlets. An empty bay is strewn with over fifty small, metallic gas canisters along with three flaccid party balloons, an empty packet of Capri Sun and a crushed bottle of Lilt. Everything empty. Before they were emptied, each small cannister had contained 8 grams of highly pressurised nitrous oxide. Later that day, Rosie Duffield MP appeared in … More Such a Gas, Gas, Gas by Alex Rhys Taylor

“Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control” A book launch with Jennifer Fleetwood.

Book launch : Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control by Wendy Fitzgibbon (University of Leicester) and John Lea (Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths).   On the 28th May 2020, we celebrated the publication of ‘Privatising justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control’ by Wendy Fitzgibbon (University of Leicester) and John Lea (Visiting … More “Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control” A book launch with Jennifer Fleetwood.

Sword Dancing in the Field by Laura Henneke

With this postcard I want to share my excitement for the unexpected. Last year I participated in a Summer camp in Beijing to improve my Mandarin. As well as  the language classes, and very much to my surprise, the programme also foresaw lessons in Chinese traditional dance. Great! Swinging a wobbly sword while clumsily following … More Sword Dancing in the Field by Laura Henneke

A Neighbour’s Event by Anita Strasser

A Neighbours’ Event: Building Community Through Socially-Engaged Photography An exhibition of work by Anita Strasser Dates : 1st November 2017 – 31st January 2018 Location : Conway Hall, 25, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL   Gallery opening hours, Mon-Sun, 9am – 10pm (some work is in the library which is only open on Tuesday – Thursday … More A Neighbour’s Event by Anita Strasser