So much of what we do as archaeologists’ is concerned with what’s in the ground, or beneath our feet, that sometimes we forget to look up. To truly appreciate the benefits of archaeology, we must understand not only the physical remains of those people or that place, but also the associated social fabric and memory, and how that place changes in light of the passage of time and development.
The recent archaeological excavations at the Middlesex Hospital Annex prior to its redevelopment have been shedding light on the physical history of the building at 44 Cleveland Street, but it got us thinking about how we could preserve the spoken histories of such an important place. To tap into that identity is one of the fundamental tenets of placemaking, of belonging, and of engaging with the historic environment.
Iceni Projects are working in conjunction with the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) to collate the history of the building located at 44 Cleveland Street, Camden, and to preserve the intangible histories that are fundamental to its identity. We are focusing on the period when the building functioned as the Middlesex Hospital Annex (c.1916-2005), and would love to hear from people with associations, stories, anecdotes, and memories of this place, in order to record and preserve them for future generations.
If you have any kind of association with the Middlesex Hospital Annex, or it features in your life in some way,, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us so far showing an interest in contributing to the Middlesex Annex Oral History Project. Due to a technical issue, if you have filled out a form and not heard from us, could you please resubmit the form below and someone will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Many thanks, Oral History Team.