These are collected life stories from a selection of people living at Margaret Hill House in Hornsey, North London. Eight people recounted their stories, varying from people who had lived in the Hornsey area all their lives to those from elsewhere in the UK or from further afield – from Nigeria, the Caribbean and Cyprus. Their stories show the breadth and depth of experience of the people we pass in the street and see at the bus stop.
They also demonstrate the importance of memories not only for the people themselves, but for younger generations’ understanding of how Britain has become the nation it is today.The stories were retold with the support and encouragement of Jennifer Bell, who subsequently wrote them up taking care to be to be true to their original voices.
About Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell is the HHS Secretary and Archive Team member. Formerly a secondary school deputy head, education consultant and school governor she was awarded an MBE in 2010 for voluntary services to education. Very active in community organisations, Jennifer is the author of HHS Bulletin articles on Conscientious Objectors in the First World War.