Journeys and Travelling


Journeys and Travelling is; conversations about the different journeys people take to arrive in London, whether that's from other parts of the UK or the world. Through conversations that take us from boats, ships and islands to the streets of London, you will hear about all about the ‘wonderlust’ of the ‘windrush’, it’s ‘wonderush’. 

Collaborators: Community Researchers analysed the London Community Story research; listening, transcribing and establishing themes; Belonging/Digital Communities/Equality/Identity/Journeys & Travelling/Relationships 
Researchers: Sagal Farah, Chifa Khelfaoui , Asha Mohammoud, /Nkechi Noel 
Facilitator: Joanna Sawkins is studying for a PhD the areas of community research and public policy. Her work is supported by the GLA and University College London.


Statistics and quantitative data are an important tool in telling the story of London and its people. Here you will find a data that focusses on the theme of Journeys and Travelling. The main data source is the Survey of Londoners which was conducted in 2018/19 and aims to fill evidence gaps and help improve analysis and policy making in the areas of social integration, equality, diversity and inclusion, economic fairness and food security in London. You will also find data from ONS (2019) Annual Population Survey, GLA (2019) Population Projection and QMUL (2017) Polling London. All of this data can be found on the London Datastore which was created by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a first step towards enabling everyone to have free access to the data that the GLA and other public sector organisations hold.

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Goldsmiths University where a partner with the London Community Story at the collecting phase, hosting the Conversation Booth. This partnership developed into the interpreting stage and following an open call, 6 filmmakers were selected to represent each theme, using solely the audio collected. 

Journeys & Travelling by Hilary Yip Heung Ching 

The Thames is a constant running through London’s past and present. It carried waves of people from all over the world who’ve shaped its shores. Hidden and exposed by the tide twice a day, layers of lost and discarded objects are reshuffled and revealed. This computer animation re-imagines six mudlark artefacts discovered on the banks of the Thames that hint at the complex lives of Londoner’s past and present.  

Hilary Yip Heung Ching a second year Fine Art undergraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London: 


Voyaging into the unknown by Joseph Masane*

Whether they sailed across the Atlantic in passenger liners as part of the post-war Windrush generation, or part of the more recent arrivals who have boarded aeroplanes crossing several continents to take up university studies, millions of Londoners have tales of how they arrived in the capital. This article captures some the awe and unexpectedness of some of these journeys. Having arrived in London four years ago, the writer also shares his own experiences of travelling from Uganda to London as an exiled journalist.

Joseph Masane* is a Ugandan investigative Journalist and broadcaster. He is a participant on the Refugee Journalism Project, an initiative based at London College of Communication that supports exiled and displaced journalists.

*Name has been changed at author’s request.

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