Out and about in Shoreditch – Journals of Discovery

A  Journals of Discovery making and creating event at the Geffrye Museum 10.45am – 1.45pm Saturday 13 February, 2016 Geffrye Museum 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Come and explore the creative and social aspirations that make this part of London such a dynamic hub. Join Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities and Martin Fidler from Ruskin Walks in an introductory workshop followed by a wander through hidden streets and alleyways.

Journals of Discovery event will involve using basic skills to assemble our experimental travelogues to record both contemporary and historical aspects of this intriguing area.

We look forward to you joining us in this three hour event from the workshop in the Geffrye Museum to the end of our journey in the heart of Shoreditch.

John Ruskin was a prolific diarist and keeper of travelogue journals, many of which were the basis for print books.  Many say he was the father of cultural tourism as his travelogues and Drawingcoverwritings, encouraged others to visit and explore the many places he visited. Martin and Andrew  frequently make their own handmade notebooks and sketchbooks, but this workshop is going to be even more hands-on and experimental and every participant will get the chance to make their own journal as a keepsake.

Find out more about previous events under the Ruskin Walks’ umbrella.


Images from the event at the Geffrye Museum in which participants assembled their own travelogue journal, went on a sortie out and about in Shoreditch, via home furniture-maker Unto this Last, and created their own sculptures as a response to uncovering the hidden history of Club Row and Arnold Circus. (Slideshow photo credits: Silvio Regis)

What participants told us:

What I like best about the event | What I found surprising | How much I enjoyed it and why?

  • I really enjoyed thinking about different ways of making the journal | The creative responses we were prompted to do | 5 stars
  • Planning what to do before hand to give a personal focus | Enjoyed the materials given |      5 stars | Not just a history or drawing walk
  • Everything / Visits | How warm and welcoming you were | 5 stars | Atmosphere, integrity, content
  • Amazing, really enjoyed it, creating your own ‘book’ and the rhythm | People’s creativity |   5 stars | Because you are promoting a very creative experience by walking
  • Learning some local history, exploring familiar areas and discovering new streets | Capturing images on the go through sketching and looking | 4 stars | Provides an experience beyond what I expected from the price

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