This activity is for children to get involved in reimagining West Norwood High Street. This will be via Feast, the West Norwood monthly community event organised by local volunteers, as part of their children’s activities. The purpose of this activity is to engage young school children in drawing and model-making to explore and share their ideas for what type of street frontages shops could have and what type of activities they would dream of having in their local High Street. They can share photos of their creations at firstname.lastname@example.org and this will be part of our Zoom Exhibition on the 26th June.
The British high street has been in gradual decline for the past 20 years. The number of empty shops in 2020 is at a record high of 12% nationally. However, the COVID-19 lockdown might lead to a re-emergence of the high street because during lockdown, residents have turned to their corner shops for their convenience and proximity to home. We think there is untapped potential in Norwood High Street, which is currently an area with limited commerce but with a wealth of industry, artists and makers working around its edges.