Ray Barron Woolford, lifelong community & political activist, broadcaster and author 'Deptford' (a radical history); as founder of UK largest's independent food bank, wrote ' Food bank Britain'. Ray is a successful social entrepreneur winning awards for his work on housing & green energy, as well as writing on food , poverty & social justice , Ray is presently writing a new book (' The Last Queen of Scotland') and play about the Scot & civil rights activist Kath Duncan. Tim, an experienced tour guide, is proud to be a Lewisham resident; enjoys learning more about it
Deptford possesses long and surprisingly radical histories which have played a central role in English life: e.g. from the so-called
For centuries Deptford was the headquarters of English shipping: iconic tales of Drake and Raleigh happened here; school history has little to say about Colonialism though. 16thC globalization led to Deptford being England’s first BAEM cluster. Deptford Creek is now of great ecological interest where eg 180+ wildflowers have been identified. It is a fine setting for an architectural masterpiece: the Laban College.
Other notable stories foregrounded: John Evelyn, diarist and scientist created the first planned garden which was partially wrecked by his tenant Peter the Great studying shipbuilding; gay playwright and agent Marlowe murdered here; the Macmillan sisters pathbreaking educationalists; and Dire Straits who gave (1970s) free concerts from their balconies.