Interview with Heritage Champion Robin Lockyer
Robin Lockyer is one of the North Tottenham Heritage Champions, and has the credentials to boot. He has lived in Tottenham for five years and worked for Haringey Council for eight. Alongside this he recently completed an intense part time masters in Archaeology at Birkbeck university and specialised in Romano British pottery. His fascination with buildings started with the pyramids age 5 and now he feels privileged to explore buildings like Grade II* listed 810 High Road as part of the Heritage Champions training.
Robin lights up as he describes a week spent exploring Headstone Manor (external link) in Pinner as part of his course; “A stunning medieval timber framed building with Georgian, Elizabethan and Modern parts” and likens the joy of exploring the Manor to that of discovering the hidden history of Tottenham buildings.
He explains that one of the failures of heritage preservation in this country is to ignore or not portray black heritage, and hopes that Tottenham will lead the way in changing this. Watch this space for an expert view on the buildings of Tottenham and the secrets within when Robin starts blogging for this new site!
– Mareeni Raymond