Kings Cross has arguably some of the richest social history in the country. But it isn’t something that you often find people talking about and I suspect will recede as the area becomes more sanitised. The Kings Cross voices oral history project that ran a few years ago literally recorded some remarkable voices.
‘The King’s Cross Voices Oral History Project is managed by the London Borough of Camden. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2004 – 2008, and worked with community members and local partners to record people’s memories and unique life experiences of the King’s Cross area.’
I had thought that Voices had vanished online (the project had a bit of sticky end i think – no doubt someone will fill me in in the comments) but a random Google turned up some of the audio archive on the Camden Council website now playing properly, if a bit clunkily. The sound files there of the Argyle Square Sound Trail are quite superb interviews with local people talking about the last 60 years of local history well worth a listen. It’s absolute gold – beats just about anything on iPlayer.
If anyone has more material from this project in a cupboard please send it to me and I’ll put it online. There’s more local history stuff on our site and it’s well worth checking out this Kenneth Williams autobiographical film about his childhood in Kings Cross, where he talks about the same area (Cromer Street).