Brockley: Then & Now

Join the people of Brockley on 19 July to help recreate a 100-year-old group photo in Hilly Fields.


Brockley Society found this remarkable photograph in the Brockley Society archives: a massive group portrait of the men, women and children who gathered on Hilly Fields, Brockley, in August 1918 after a procession commemorating the start of the First World War. Click here for background on the original photo and current events, including press reports of the time.


Hilly Fields. Image thanks to

Brockley has changed a lot in the last 100 years since the original photo was taken. Inspired by this photograph Brockley Society plan to take a new one on Sunday 19 July 2015, inviting anyone who lives in or feels any connection with Brockley. The new photo will look at how the area has changed, who the people of Brockley are today and where they have come from. For this contemporary portrait of the people of Brockley the society have commissioned the photographer Simon Terrill.

Everyone is welcome and you do not have to live or work in Brockley. If you wish, click here to complete the registration form, which will help Brockley Society make this community event a success. The information gathered will help make the new photo as memorable as the picture taken in 1918!

To recreate this historic photo the society need to raise more than £6,000 to cover the expenses. There are two ways you can support us:

Please click here to make a donation, through Patchwork Present Ltd.

Sponsors – This is a unique opportunity to sponsor a major community event while also promoting your business. Click here to download the sponsorship application.

Brockley Society will offer a limited number of large prints as well as affordable prints for the public to buy as a record of the day.

Just turn up on the day to be part of the new historic photo!
Sunday 19 July 2015, 2pm for 3pm photo

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Shapa Begum

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Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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