From the cheeky to the cheery – locals’ ambitions before they die….

In his article of 8th May, Richard Ellis covered the installation of two ‘Before I Die…’ boards in East Dulwich, as part of Dulwich Festival and to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week.


As the week unfolded, the ingenuity and wit of locals warmed the hearts of all of us on the team that had developed the boards. Indeed, we were astonished by the level of community engagement across the generations. (Even more astonishing, perhaps, was the fact that the boards were mostly free of language inappropriate for a public space, with no signs of vandalism. Even the little pots of chalks remained in situ for the week.)

Before I Die Montage

Such was the enthusiasm of people to make a contribution that the boards had to be cleaned several times during the week (after first being photographed), to allow others to have their say. The photograph accompanying this article shows one iteration of the board located on Lordship Lane. We have also created a montage to showpiece some of the writings on both boards. The words can speak for themselves…

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