Community Engagement

Millwall’s changing communities: Memories of football and neighbourhood in South London

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Experiences of football, community, and neighbourhood are central to this new heritage project, led by Bede and starting in early 2017. Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) fans are part of the history of Millwall, just as Millwall is part of an increasingly diverse neighbourhood. It is this relationship between fan culture, football club and neighbourhood that the Lottery-funded research and heritage project ‘Millwall’s changing communities’ wants to explore.

The aim of the 2-year project is to uncover and record the memories and experiences of BAME Millwall fans in South London over a 50 year period, approximately from the mid-1960s to the present day. The life stories of the fans will be recorded over the summer and autumn 2017. They will in the long term be held by the Southwark Local History Library, and they will be available to the wider public from January 2018.

The life stories will also inspire two theatre projects, carried out with the performance company ActREAL, as well as a 45 minute documentary, and a booklet summarising project findings.

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‘Millwall’s changing communities’ is managed by Bede House, working in collaboration with local stakeholders:

Millwall for all is involved in a wide range of activities, promoting inclusion and community engagement in Southwark and Lewisham.

Southwark Local History Library is where the oral histories will be deposited. The library will also host a small exhibition about the project in January 2017.

Watch this space…..

Once the research begins, findings and interview extracts will be posted here, on this website, and there will be an opportunity to post comments and engage in a dialogue of the past, present and future of ………… Millwall’s changing communities!


Do you want to be involved?

In line with Bede’s vision, the project very much works with the community for the community. Therefore, the project aims to get in touch with volunteers who want to carry out oral history interviews. Training will be provided to all volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please do contact project coordinator Ole Jensen, or click here for more details.

Big Local South Bermondsey

Big Local South Bermondsey – Winners of the 2016 Southwark Stars Award of Community Group of the Year

The Big Lottery Fund has invested £200m in the Local Trust to fund Big Local – an ambitious plan to help up to 150 areas in England become better places to live now, and in the future. From 2012, South Bermondsey will get at least £1million of Lottery money over 10 years, and local people will decide how it is spent.


The Big Local South Bermondsey Partnership brings local people together with Councillors and staff of Southwark Council, and local charities, like Bede, Time and Talents, United St Saviours and Millwall FC’s community programme, to plan and oversee the programme.

Three themes have been identified which will guide a whole range of activities, training and projects to build local skills, and a sense of pride and community spirit on the estates.

These themes are:

  • Improving how green and open space is used on and around the estates to increase a sense of community ownership
  • Encouraging young people to become actively involved in their area and develop skills for the future
  • Improving community participation by older people, including opportunities for young and old to work together

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Bede has been chosen by local groups and local people to be the lead agency for the Big Local South Bermondsey Partnership.

For more information, contact Ann Clayton, Big Local South Bermondsey, Senior Community Engagement Worker:

Details of the national Big Local programme go to