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The Bookplace (1978)


Archive exhibition about The Bookplace, a ground-breaking community bookshop that operated at 13 Peckham High Street between 1977 and 1996.

Date & time

Date:14 May 2019 to 18 August 2019

Time:11am to 6pm

Event Details

Address:South London Gallery
(Fire Station, Archive Room)
82 Peckham Road

Post code:SE5 8UH

Open hours:The Gallery is open Tue – Sun 11am-6pm, except Wed and last Fri of the month until 9pm.


A new display exploring the history of The Bookplace, a community bookshop that operated at 13 Peckham High Street between 1977 and 1996. The centre also housed the Peckham Literacy Centre and the Peckham Publishing Project. The Bookplace and its intersecting projects offered support, resources and a platform for Peckham residents, in particular people of colour, women and people from working class backgrounds, to develop literacy skills and to publish and share their own stories. This project was developed in collaboration with Southwark Archives, BOOKS Peckham, and the South London Gallery.


By Bus:The following buses stop at the South London Gallery:
Routes 12, 36, 171, 343, 345 and 436
Alight at ‘Peckham Road/Southampton Way’

By Tube:The nearest underground stations are:
Oval (Northern Line, approx 1.6 miles) then take bus 36 or 436
Vauxhall (Victoria Line, approx 2.6 miles) then take bus 36 or 436 from bus stop C
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line, approx 2.2 miles) then bus 12 or 171 from bus stop D or R; or 343 from bus stop G or R
Alight at ‘Peckham Road/Southampton Way’
Accessible Transport for London Tube guides are available to download here:

By Train:The nearest overground station to the South London Gallery is Peckham Rye (ten minute walk from the gallery)
The nearest station with step-free access is Denmark Hill. It is a 20 minute walk from the gallery or you can take the 40 bus from outside the station to Camberwell Green stop and then take the 36, 171 or 436 from Camberwell Church St/Camberwell Green stop to Peckham Road/Southampton Way stop.



Access for wheelchair usersAccess for wheelchair users

Assistance dogAssistance dogs welcome

Level access toiletLevel access toilet

Positive about disabledPositive about disabled people

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