Bounce Secures Heritage Funding

8 September, 2022

Bounce Theatre is delighted to have received a grant for £99,600 from the National Heritage Fund for a brand new project, Threads of Tooting

Threads of Tooting will weave together the story of the tailors, makers and textile businesses housed in Tooting since the 1920s. Using interviews, research and site visits local people will create and curate a series of exhibits to celebrate Tooting’s story. Together we’ll discover the local, national and international links between Tooting and the textiles industry. We’ll also look at the influences on tailoring over the years – from the bespoke to the off the peg looks that defined the decades.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to set up creative learning projects, community projects, and intergenerational work that is founded on residents’ memories and oral histories.

All of the work will be digitised for local schools to use in their history teaching. Along with this, the memories and photos collected will be donated to Wandsworth Heritage Service to expand and diversify their collection.

Louise Pendry, Artistic Director of Bounce says of the project,

“During our last project informal discussions and reminiscences revealed a relatively undocumented story about texiles and migration in Tooting since the 1920s. We are looking forward to collaborating with local people to uncover more!”

For more details visit the project page for Threads of Tooting or email

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