Our Good Neighbours is a project to commemorate 12 unsung heroes of Battersea with 12 plaques permanently installed around our historic building.
Over the last 120 years since this old town hall was built, it has played host to many radical individuals, from the Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to John Archer, the first black mayor of a London borough.
Our Contemporary Century allows us to look back at some of the shows, artists and events that stood out at the BAC and are helping to pave a new way for us to view theatre, acting and its art as a whole.
The Great and the Good is Battersea Arts Centre's celebration of radical people who have shaped our community over the last 120 years, from iconic figures to unsung heroes.
The Great comes from The Great Hundred – 120 radical and exciting individuals who have played a memorable part in the story of our building and local area. This includes John Burns, the first working class man to enter the British Cabinet in 1892, and Kate Tempest, a spoken-word artist whose Battersea Arts Centre co-production Brand New Ancients toured extensively and won the Ted Hughes Poetry Award 2013.
The Good comes from Our Good Neighbours – 12 inspiring and selfless people who have, until now, been largely unrecognised for the change they have sparked within the local community. This project originated with a plaque dedicated to George Neighbour, a man from Battersea who lost his life rescuing others in the great fire at the Arding & Hobbs department store in 1909.
You’ll find all kinds of information about both iconic figures and unsung heroes within this exhibition on our Digital Archive, tagged with either ‘Great Hundred’ or ‘Good Neighbour’.
Highlights of the shows, the people, the politics, the history, the smells, the music that took place in the Grand Hall.
Battersea Arts Centre has been a hub for voices of rhyme and reason since first opening our doors. Highlights of our vocal past include John Betjeman's campaign letter to save the Town Hall, declaring that it is "what a Town Hall ought to be. It lifts you up. It has scale and it is irreplacable". We have also been home to an arrary of Beat and Punk poets.
2013 marks the 120th anniversary of Edward Mountford's beautiful Town Hall. To celebrate we have put together an online exhibition of some of our key storylines, showcasing the wonderfully colourful and diverse past of our radical politics, passionate campaigns and ground-breaking theatre.