Kingston RPM; Records, People & Music is a project that took place in 2017 to celebrate and showcase Kingston’s rich and varied music heritage for the first time
In 2017, with generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston, the Kingston RPM project team uncovered the rich and varied musical heritage of the royal borough of Kingston upon Thames and the surrounding region. The project is centred around three core strands of research, covering the 1940s to the 1970s: the musical influence of the US army’s wartime base in Bushy Park; the presence of the Decca Records pressing plant in New Malden; and the wide range of music venues that Kingston has been home to over the years.
The project captures oral testimonies from local residents and communities and explores, celebrate and showcase the rich and varied musical heritage of Kingston and its influence on the music scene and musicians today. The project focuses on three unifying themes; the record industry, musicians/venues and the American Army’s influence.
Highlights of the project included