Tally Ho Corner is a busy intersection in Finchley, North London and the home of artsdepot, an award winning multi-arts venue. But what has this corner of North London meant to local people in other historical periods? And where did it get its quirky name?
Tally Ho! A Place to Meet is an opportunity to explore the history of a local landmark through personal stories, archival research, community art, performance and film. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re using the opportunity presented by artsdepot’s tenth birthday (this October!) to learn more about the site we call home.
So far, we’ve learned that Tally Ho Corner is a place that has housed lots of cultural and community activities, and has been a transport hub since as early as the 1800s, when it is believed to have been a stop for the Tally Ho Coach Company.
Archivist, Olivia Bellas, has been working with our local heritage partner, the Finchley Society, to collect more information about artsdepot’s home. In July, Olivia trained a group of young people aged 13-18 in oral history interview techniques and the young people went on to conduct two interviews with local people with first-hand memories of the beautiful art deco Gaumont Cinema, which stood at Tally Ho Corner for 50 years from 1937-1987.
All this research will feed into several creative projects. Our team includes Visual Artist, Jacky Oliver; Film maker, Sarah Mace-Dennis and Theatre Director, Victoria Briggs, who is also artsdepot’s new Participation Manager. Each of these artists will be working with members of the local community to bring snapshots of our local history to life.
Our exhibition launches on 4th October as part of artsdepot’s Fun Palace birthday extravaganza.