Stretching across from Hackney Marshes to Redbridge, the M11 Link Road was completed in 1999 after the demolition of 400 houses amid dramatic and passionate protest. Now artist Graeme Miller has filled the empty spaces these buildings once occupied with a treasure trail of sound celebrating a century of everyday moments in East End life.
Concealed along the three-mile route, 20 transmitters continually broadcast hidden voices, recorded testimonies and rekindled memories of those who once lived and worked where the motorway now runs.
Borrow a receiver and map to explore the streets alongside the road and discover this invisible layer of speech and music reanimating the landscape.
From the intensely political to the quietly everyday, LINKED allows moments of the past to haunt the present.
LINKED is free - it opened in July 2003 and remains open. Please see the INFORMATION page for current transmitter status.
A full-colour 24-page catalogue with texts and images by Alan Read, Graeme Miller, Cornelia Parker, Cathy Ross and the contributors to LINKED accompanies the project. This is available direct from Artsadmin and costs £4 (+ £2.65 postage & packaging). To purchase the catalogue, with payment by credit card, cheque or via PayPal, please visit the Artsadmin Online Shop.
For more than a decade the Museum of London has been collecting the memories of people who have lived and worked in London. Its oral history collection now contains thousands of hours of recorded interviews. In this way it is building a detailed and lasting picture of everyday life in the 20th and 21st century city.
LINKED is part of London's Voices, a three-year programme of exhibitions, activities and events, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. London's Voices draws upon and develops the Museum's oral history collection, finding new and exciting ways of sharing this rich resource. And it explores, reflects and celebrates London's great diversity through the voices, memories and opinions of Londoners.
Visit the London's Voices website for more information, including details about other London's Voices projects and access to online resources featuring the oral history collection.
In the future this website will be relaunched with archive and extra content from the LINKED project. Please come back to the site then to see and hear this new material which supports the LINKED walk.