Cliftonville Voices oral history project celebrating area’s rich history and diversity

Northdown Road Photo by Nathan Jones.

A project bringing together the voices of Cliftonville’s past, present and future has been launched and volunteers are needed.

Cliftonville Voices will culminate in a permanent exhibition.

Northdown Road in Cliftonville is arguably one of the most diverse and interesting streets in Thanet.

Once Margate’s most affluent thoroughfare, Northdown Road is again bustling with shops, cafés and galleries that reflect the area’s rich cultural demographic.

To celebrate and reflect the history and diversity of the area, Cliftonville Cultural Space has commissioned Cliftonville Voices, an oral history project.

Cliftonville Voices project is looking for oral historians – volunteers who have a passion for local history and would like to help tell the story of Cliftonville. They will be asked to  interview people from across the local community about their memories and experiences of living in the area – whether they have lived there all their lives or are more recent arrivals.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust, the project will take place over the next few months, resulting in an exhibition at the former Margate Synagogue on the corner of Albion and Godwin Roads, at Margate Museum and an online resource.

If you are new to gathering oral history stories, don’t worry, no previous experience is necessary – beginners are welcome.

Full training will be provided by University of Kent oral historian Dr David Nettleingham.

Visit for more details, contact [email protected] or message Cliftonville Voices’ Facebook page.


  1. I consider myself to be quite a positive person, but whoever thinks “Northdown Road in Cliftonville is arguably one of the most diverse and interesting streets in Thanet” must know something I don’t. And I was born here in the mid 1950s so have seen the changes over the years!!

  2. I think the International food stores are incredible. I can spend hours looking around and come home with something special. Currently dried mulberries are my favourite.

  3. It is a great place to visit, so many shops & getting better all the time. Polish food shop, vintage, supermarkets, hardware, diy + all the other independent shops. I like it.

  4. There is but one street in Southampton, the UK’s 19th biggest city, that has a lot of different independent shops and services. I’m thinking of Shirley High Street, if anyone knows it. Like Northdown Rd it is tatty. However I reckon it has a rather more depressed feel if anything, and it does not provide the sheer variety of outlets that Northdown Rd. does. Northdown Rd ‘needs improvement’ but it’s quite an asset for such a small town.

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