Sugar and Spice

The Changing Face of Tooting High Street

Sugar and Spice celebrates the unique cultural heritage of Tooting High Street and explores why it was voted one of the coolest places to live before the pandemic. We will be sharing the stories of the sweet shops emerging from the war through to the emergence of the curry houses, paving the way for the curry mile.

The project will culminate in a cinematic inspired performance, pop-up museum, and digital art piece.

The project will be created with Tooting residents aging from 11-90 years old. Blending oral histories, research and creative practises, we will animate some of the rich history of Tooting. With further opportunities to work with the local Heritage Service and The National Archives. Interested participants can place those memories in a historical context – with participants being able to access some of the original Windrush documents amongst other things.

Join in:

Young Company
Our young company hosted by Bounce Theatre will research, devise, write, and produce a cinematic inspired installation out of the research to celebrate the project in 2022.

Email: to find out how to get involved.

Heritage Clubs
Hosted by us, the Heritage Clubs are open to anyone 11+. The groups will collect memories and create art. The Heritage Clubs will curate a pop-up museum that can travel to spaces in Tooting where residents are less able to access heritage sites.

We began with the Crochet Club in Winter 2021, this has now transformed into The Tooting Tapestry Craft Club. Still plenty of time to join in, we’re calling out to the community of Tooting to come and make a patch describing your relation to textiles within Tooting, they’ll be sewn together to create The Tooting Tapestry in early Summer of 2022. Do contact us for all details, the clubs run on a Tuesday evening (7-8.30pm) and Wednesday morning (10-11.30am) in Tooting Market.

Meet Me at the Market ran in the Winter 2021 and has now transformed, into Our Tooting, online chatting for anyone interested in the heritage of Tooting.

Overall, do jump onto our Sugar and Spice Facebook Page to keep up to date and to start contributing to this incredible project.

Contact us to find out how to get involved.

DIY / Digital Art Project
Join in from home. Sign up for the Sugar & Spice newsletter and get resources to participate from home.

Email: to find out how to get involved.

Sugar & Spice launched on the 7th September 2021.

Funded by the The National Heritage Lottery Fund

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