Watch our 2 short films 'The Beats Beneath' and 'Waking the Dead'

Waking the Dead is a project which was funded by £76,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We engaged with over 100 young people of varying ages and backgrounds from the local area were given access to numerous training opportunities such as oral history recording, film making and archive research. The young people have created 2 short films, a visual media art sculpture and a smart phone app which creates an interactive tour of the cemetery, documenting the notable and interesting figures buried there.

During the project the young people explored the lives and local history of the figures buried at Kensal Green Cemetery (such as Joe Strummer, Harold Pinter and Wilkie Collins) and explored the different traditions, cultures and approaches to death.

The young people have created 2 short films, a visual media art sculpture and a smart phone app which creates an interactive tour of the cemetery, documenting the notable and interesting figures buried there. The first short film ‘Beats Beneath’ focuses on those who helped create the Notting Hill Carnival and the musical figures who pioneered soundsystem culture and layed the roots for grime and hip hop.

'Waking the Dead' is a short performance piece exploring the work of Wilkie Collins, Harold Pinter, Lady Jane Wilde, Erich Fried and Joe Strummer of The Clash

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'The Beats Beneath' explores the history of the Notting Hill Carnival and the key figures who helped shape it and are laid to rest in Kensal Green Cemetery 

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Check out our project blog here 

Waking the Dead app now available on the app store

 

Navigate this scenic cemetery with our innovative app, and find out about the sound system pioneers who created Carnival; celebrities of their day who scandalised London; and a host of people who made our world. You’ll find 3 bespoke walks and a wealth of audio-visual information about remarkable figures, from Count Suckle to Charles Babbage and Joe Strummer. This Octavia Foundation project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and all the content was curated, photographed and recorded by local young people.

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