Within the next two months 113-119 Charing Cross Road will be demolished. To Londoners, these buildings are better known as the former home of Foyles Bookshop. In June 2016, the charity SAVE Britain’s Heritage led a campaign to halt the demolition. Despite strong opposition from many organisations, including The Victorian Society, as well as the signatures of over 5,000 people, the Secretary of State chose not to call in the application.
I created a large-scale model of the bookstore to serve as a record of the building. Working with SAVE Britain's Heritage this idea was then further developed into a heritage research project celebrating the building featuring interviews with former staff, little seen photographs as well as written articles about urban development and the history of the street. The project aims to uncover more personal stories, as well as raise awareness of this fascinating building.
Click here to go to the website for Chronicles of Charing Cross Rd.