It’s fitting that there will be a wonderful, vibrant avenue leading to London’s 2012 legacy in the east of the city.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
High Street 2012 is an ambitious transformation project focusing on one of London's oldest streets – Whitechapel High Street which in turn becomes Mile End Road. The street runs from the City to Stratford, linking our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses. The project has set out to entertain and delight the local community – including staff and students at Queen Mary – as well as transform and make ‘green’ the physical environment.
The High Street 2012 project is multi-faceted: from facilitating dramatic one-off events to extensive renovation work that will be enjoyed over the years to come. Buildings are being repaired and repainted, the Millenium bridge is being planted with trees, and if you're lucky you'll be able to participate in some original theatre while you wait for your bus.
Queen Mary and High Street 2012
Queen Mary not only has a front row seat to everything going on with High Street 2012, but is also playing a part. Two of the seventeen projects that make up the 'Heritage, Culture and Community' strand of High Street 2012 are being created by Queen Mary staff and students:
- ‘Walk with me’ – Mile End Films, Queen Mary’s talented film production unit are creating new work – a series of films ‘Walk with me’. The films will explore the area’s shifting cultural identity through the experience of the people living here now.
- ‘Living Map’ – Marking the mile that runs from the City to Mile End, Senior Lecturer (Drama) and artist Ali Campbell is working with local community groups to unearth visions of transforming the street – and turning some of those visions into reality using text, performance, digital technology and film.
For more information see www.highstreet2012.com