Image: Travis Elborough, 2014.

Victoria Park Residency

A Tour of Victoria Park’s Leisure Clubs
Sunday 3 May, 3pm
Meeting point: London Bridge Alcoves, Victoria Park, E9 5DU

Beginning at the London Bridge Alcoves – a fragment of the London’s transport network repurposed as ornamental benches for Victoria Park – Travis Elborough leads a walking tour exploring the social histories of the park’s playing fields. Guest speakers include Elizabeth Wilson, author of Love Game: A History of Tennis (Serpent’s Tail, 2014); Clive Bettington, Chair of the Jewish East End Celebration Society; and Trenton Oldfield, activist and co-founder of This is Not a Gateway, a not-for-profit organisation that creates platforms for critical investigations into cities.

This event is free to attend but booking is advised. To reserve your place, please click here.

Image: Travis Elborough, 2014.


Clive Bettington is the founder and chair of the Jewish East End Celebration Society in London. He leads tours that include The Jewish East End, World War Two and the Holocaust; Literary History of the Ghetto and The Jewish Financiers of the City.

Joe Murray is Club Chancellor and player with the Hackney-based Bloody Lads Cricket Club, who train at Victoria Park nets.

Trenton Oldfield is the co-founder of not-for-profit organisations This Is Not A Gateway and Myrdle Court Press, both of which create platforms for critical investigations into cities. He has held the positions of Coordinator of the Thames Strategy – Kew to Chelsea and Strategic Project Manager at Cityside Regeneration.

Tim Wells is the founding editor of poetry magazine Rising. He has been a guest poet on Radio London and was writer in residence with Tighten Up, the East London reggae sound system. His recent books include Keep the Faith (Blackheath Books, 2013), Rougher Yet (Donut Press, 2009), and Boys’ Night Out in the Afternoon (Donut Press, 2006), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

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