Aldgate in Conversation

In Conversation invites individuals, families, neighbours and friends to tell stories that will be recorded and archived, celebrating the layers of voices, stories and characters which compose this fascinating area of the capital. 

Mobile Recording Booth

Look out for a mobile recording booth at a location near you.  Pop in to share your story; and for the opportunity to discuss Aldgate and the surrounding area. 

Become an In Conversation Facilitator

In Conversation trains volunteers as film and audio recording facilitators.  Facilitators learn how to guide participants through the interview and recording process and to operate equipment.

Aldgate in Conversation part 1

 Aldgate in Conversation part 1 is a short film covering interviews from historians and residents of the Aldgate area, providing insights and knowledge of the area's changing landscape throughout the years. 

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank has lived in Spitalfields since 1977 and is a long time campaigner for the preservation of the area. In this intriguing interview for Cityplay East Dan tells us about what drew him to Spitalfields, the changes he has seen, and the battles he has won and lost in five decades fighting to save the precious architecture, body and spirit of the market and the east end. He talks passionately about the rich history of Aldgate, which he describes as "one of the great disapearing acts of London," but holds out hope for the possiblity of recreating a sense of place and rekindling memories of its identity.

Laurie, Den, Manny & Sammy

A Conversation between four old friends at Kosoffs Cafe on Middlesex Street. Manny (99) remembers his first job as a barber. Sammy, 50 years a black cab driver, talks about learning the knowledge and working at the Houndsditch Warehouse for £1.1s a week. Between them they remember the street traders, the plate-spinning china merchant, the famous and the notorious from Mark Bolan and Alma Cogan to the Kray Twins. They paint a colourful picture of the past 70 years and discuss the encroachment of the city and how things have changed.