“I grew up near Epping Forest and it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember – I learned to ride my bike at Connaught Water, went on school trips to Suntrap, and hung out there with my teenage friends. Now it’s a place I go to escape the speed of the city for a few hours and enjoy nature. My work takes a journey through centuries of our incredible local history, from the Iron-Age Loughton Camp, Enclosure, C19th activism and Thomas Willingale (my 5 x Great Uncle!), and WWII bomb craters that are now ponds”.
‘Echoes: unearthing stories of the forest’ will be available in the autumn as an album, and as a public installation at The View visitor centre in Chingford as part of London Borough of Culture project The People’s Forest. (Press Release.)
Many thanks to PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for supporting this project.
Check out my blog and instagram feed below to follow my progress …
The story of how Epping Forest was saved is a complex campaign involving ancient laws and modern politicians, well-connected socialists, corporations, early conservationists and working-class activism.
An exploration of Waltham Forest's rich history of community action and protest, including a panel discussion with me talking about the threat of enclosure during the C19th, and the people who helped save the forest, including my ancestor Thomas Willingale.
The first in a series of blogs exploring the history of Epping Forest. This one is all about the Iron Age hillfort, Loughton Camp.
I can now excitedly announce that I’ve been invited by City of London Epping Forest to be its Artist in Residence in 2019 - a whole year let loose in the forest to explore nature, local history and sound. Find out more …
My Instagram #eppingforest gallery
Ellie Wilson is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund