Timeline Bg
  1. 1965

    1. Hampstead Arts Centre opens providing the local community with classes in painting, life drawing, pottery, printing and basic design

    2. PM Harold Wilson officially opens BT Tower 1972  Cover

  2. 1966

    1. Roundhouse opens. In 1960, playwright Arnold Wesker had a new idea for spreading the best of culture beyond the elite. He criticised the Labour movement for neglecting the arts and one trade union took up his challenge. The 1960 Trades Unions Congress passed a resolution on agenda item 42 to conduct an enquiry into the arts. Wesker’s initiative took the name Centre 42. With the backing of a host of influential names, Wesker presented his plans for the Roundhouse and persuaded Mintz to grant him a 19-year lease. The Roundhouse – now renamed Centre 42 after the movement itself – became a cutting-edge arts venue, opening with the legendary 1966 launch of radical underground newspaper the International Times which featured a little known band called Pink Floyd.

    2. Camden Arts Centre opens with the first annual members exhibition of the Hampstead Artists’ Council which was founded 21 years previously. Unlike Camden Town Group the Artists' Council was an amalgamation of several groups and included founding member patron-artist Ethel Sands and her life partner Anna Hope Hudson.

    3. Alfie, starring Michael Cain is filmed on location in Camden. Look out for King's Cross Station, Camley Street and the legendary Victorian gasometers in the background.

    4. Centre Point completed

  3. 1967

    1. Imperial Hotel demolished and rebuilt Imperial  Hotel 2

    2. Ampthill Square Estate constructed

  4. 1968

    1. Action Space artists develop Air Structures and Camden Council sponsors their inflatable installations thus paying for the invention of the bouncy castle. Read More

    2. Theatre censorship is abolished with The Theatres Act Read More

    3. New Euston Station opened

  5. 1969

    1. Bedford music hall demolished in 1968/1969

  6. 1970

    1. Diwana restaurant opens in Drummond Street

    2. Euston Tower completed Euston  Tower 1995

  7. 1971

    1. Camden Council handed over responsibility of Camden Arts Centre to three separate organisations: Arkwright Arts Trust, Camden Artist Trust Management Board and Hampstead Artists' Council.

    2. Post Office Tower rotating restaurant bombed

  8. 1972

    1. The Jamaican-born singer Bob Marley lived at 34 Ridgmount Gardens, Camden, for 2 months when he first came to the UK in 1972

    2. Origins of the Winchester Project with squat in the Winchester Arms

    3. Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum

    4. Brunswick Centre completed View Of The  Brunswick  Centre Pre Development 2000

    5. Gamages department store closes

  9. 1973

    1. Frank Dobson becomes Leader of Camden Council Cam50 010

    2. Kentish Town City Farm opens

  10. 1974

    1. Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company is founded and stages the first gay theatre season on Rupert Street. Read More

    2. Sunday market starts near Camden Town lock (beginnings of Camden markets) Slide 7

    3. Red Lion Square Riot

    4. Royal Free Hospital moves to new building in Hampstead