Welcome to our project - 'A River - Runs Through It'!
Our project celebrates the borough-wide heritage of the River Moselle. From its source high up in Highgate in the west of Haringey, the Moselle flows through Hornsey and Wood Green to Tottenham in the east. The waters of this river may now be mainly hidden underground today, but over the centuries they have helped shape the landscape and local industries.
Past industries such as the Cole and South's potteries, market gardening, and farming at Broadwater Farm, can all thank the River Moselle for their development. The flooding of the river (before mainly culverted underground in the Edwardian period) even contributed to local sayings and songs. You can see roads and houses too named after the River Moselle or its associations. But despite such evidence surviving on the street, the river remains hidden and obscure for many local residents.
A River Runs Through It looks at the importance of the River Moselle in Haringey for local people over the last 250 years. We will look at the surviving historic evidence of the river's past, its uses and the changes experienced from moving from a rural landscape to a more polluted urban environment.
This project is brought to you by Twisted Stocking Theatre Company led by Angela Baker with Jane Reid-Diagne, Georgia Wisbey, Onyeka Igwe and Felix Waterhouse. Funding has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Tottenham Grammar School Foundation (TGSF) and the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA).
The project will raise awareness of the Moselle and will connect older and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds along the river's route as it flows through Haringey from west to east. Volunteers and schools along the river’s course will participate in heritage workshops to discover the heritage of the Moselle. We will also be collecting "Memories of the Moselle", capturing stories and reflections on the river by local people. These will be deposited with Haringey's historical collections at Bruce Castle Museum.
Young participants will learn story-telling and traditional art and craft skills to create their own heritage art 'sculptures' and performances. These sculptures will be installed as a heritage trail along the river's route. There will also be talks and walks with experts during the 9 month duration of the project for everyone to discover and enjoy the Moselle’s rich heritage.