A North Kensington arts charity, Corner Nine Arts Project, has been awarded grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), City Living Local Life; Notting Dale and St. Helens and Westway Trust to create a digital and interactive on-line archive documenting the history of Maxilla Children’s Centre (née Nursery Centre) from its conception in the 1970’s through to the closing of its doors in July 2015.maxilla

Corner Nine Arts Project will capture this important part of local history, drawing on the memories of parents, children, trustees, staff and the wider community. We are keen for local residents to become involved with the programme of work, either through assisting on the project or by sharing memories of this wonderful institution with us. We will also be holding creative workshops for children and families, inspired by the archive and Maxilla, during the course of the project.

The archive’s project manager Lisa Nash, said: “I am so excited that our bid for the funding has been successful. I am passionate about Maxilla Children’s Centre and what it has provided for so many families over the years. This grant will enable us to remember Maxilla… I can’t wait to get started and hear peoples stories of this extraordinary place and how and why it was founded.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “For four decades the Maxilla Children’s Centre has had its roots firmly in the local community, and has a wealth of stories to tell about its extraordinary work and the families who have passed through its doors. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to help capture those stories and ensure its legacy can be shared”.

If you have been involved with Maxilla as a member of staff, trustee, child or parent, have any old photosvideos or stories to share or would like to volunteer on the project, please contact Lisa on: lisakaynash@gmail.com