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Bexley – proud to be a borough of culture

The Council has promised to build on the work that took place to bid to become the Greater London Authority’s London Borough of Culture and has restated its commitment to put culture firmly at the centre of its exciting growth plans.

Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “I’d like to congratulate the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent on achieving London Borough of Culture status for 2019 and 2020.

“I’d also like to thank our partners, local people and businesses for all the support they gave our campaign. To win the accolade would have been a great achievement for Bexley, but even though we weren’t successful, our bidding journey has been so valuable in creating a strong foundation to build on, and has proved that we are already a borough of culture.”

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said: “Going forward we have aspirations for working with our partners and communities to further develop our cultural and creative agendas, informed by the bid development work and also our wider agendas. This is important, not only because of the value of culture and the arts, but also because we recognise the role culture has in creating identity, shaping our communities and providing new opportunities.

“Bexley already has an exciting programme of cultural events taking place throughout 2018. As well as the recent BookBuzz literary festival, highlights include ‘The Spine’ festival for young people, the ‘Brick City’ exhibition at Hall Place, the second Sidcup Fringe, a number of ‘Performing Places’ events in summer and much more. There will also be our new annual Lantern Parade in December.”

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New book focuses on local photographer

A new book produced by Bexley Archives was launched with at illustrated talk at Hall Place & Gardens earlier this month.

“Boswells Bexley: a photographers view of the Borough 1890-1950” is the work of Penny Duggan in collaboration with Kirsty Macklen and Simon McKeon.

Priced at £18 the book is packed with great photographs and available from Bexley Archives at Central Library, Hall Place, Bexley Libraries and online by emailing

Boswell's Bexley

In 1968, Bexley Council saved Arthur Boswell’s collection of historic photographs of Bexley from the skip. After much negotiation, it bought the Boswell Collections consisting of around 20,000 lantern slides, negatives and prints for £350.

The book tells the fascinating story of Arthur Boswell’s life and his work recording all aspects of life in and around Bexley from the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

“Boswell’s Bexley” includes carefully selected images from the Archives and Museum Boswell Collections. The images capture the transformation of the borough from a largely rural district in the 1890s to becoming a bustling suburb by the 1950s.

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Bexley makes its bid for London Borough of Culture

Bexley has submitted its bid to become London Borough of Culture!

Thank you to everyone who supported the bid by contributing their ideas or practical help.

The detailed submission was backed up with letters of support from creative, business and community partners.

It included a link to the exciting and original video produced by Bird College and published on this site yesterday, which showcases its talented students and the borough’s unique heritage sites.