Kingston RPM; Records, People and Music is the result of a year’s worth of dedicated research and organisation delivered by a core team at Creative Youth. It would not have been possible without the support and funding of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Project partners have included the Rose Theatre, which hosted the To Make A Record exhibition, as well as a number of other public events offered by the project. The Kingston History Centre was an invaluable source of research leads, along with Music Heritage London and the Eel Pie Island Museum, both based in neighbouring Richmond. Kingston Music Service helped Kingston RPM to deliver its public events programme.

All of this activity was underpinned by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, who assisted in everything from uncovering archives at the History Centre to conducting oral testimony interviews and installing the exhibition.

Kingston RPM would like to thank all of its project partners and volunteers for this invaluable assistance. Our biggest thanks of all goes to the people of Kingston, who have contributed the interviews, memories, artefacts, and insights that have helped bring the borough’s musical history to life.

Marching Band at US Army base
Decca record factory

About Creative Youth

Creative Youth is a not for profit registered charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the arts. It organises and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF), the leading youth arts festival in the UK which takes place in Kingston upon Thames every summer. Showcasing the best young talent nationally and internationally, the last eight years has seen more than 30,000 young people participate in delivering the festival as artists, project managers, interns and volunteers.

As a charity, Creative Youth allows young people in the local area to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects working with artists of the highest quality. Artists and participants are encouraged to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries within their own work. In close collaboration with key partners, Creative Youth aspires to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic business and strategic support, allowing the next generation of artists to flourish.

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Kingston RPM Project Team

Project Manager
Molly Freeman

Project Heritage Lead
Claire Cooke

Heritage Researcher & Facilitator
Jarek Zaba

Trainee Project Manager
Rebecca Doggwiler

Trainee Project Manager
Clare O’Shea

Key cultural landmarks of Kingston RPM