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Peckham Experiment: party Peckham Sat 15 Oct 7.30pm

Have you heard of the Peckham Experiment? (See note at end of this email, and Do you have an interest in ideas about well-being and health, or about local economic, community and environmental sustainability, and the connections between the two? If so, the Pioneer Health Foundation invites you to come along to this social gathering in Peckham on October 15th 7.30pm at the Monpelier, Choumert Rd, SE15, detailed below. Places are limited so it is important to book a place with Sumi at:


We are contacting everyone who has currently or previously registered to enter the Peckham Experiment/ Mary Langman Prize, submitted essays, or indeed were winners and runners-up, to invite you to an informal get-together at the Montpelier Pub in Peckham on the evening of Saturday the 15th October 2011. Please see the attached invitation for details.

We want to bring together all those with a personal or professional interest in the Peckham Experiment with those who are just mildly curious, for drinks, conversations, celebrations, networking and fun. This years’ prize winner Emily Charkin will also be awarded her prize at the event.

To book a place, please RSVP to me at this address

Best wishes
on behalf of the organisers of the Mary Langman Prize.

The Peckham Experiment
This was a pioneering exploration into the nature of health, which ran in Peckham, south London from 1926 until 1950. Families came together in a purpose-built centre, the Pioneer Health Centre where they had opportunities to take up new interests and learn about health. The Experiment’s founders, Dr George Scott Williamson and Dr Innes Pearse, believed that health was much more than the mere absence of disease. Instead, they saw health as something that is co-created by people through their relationships with each other and with their environment.

The building
The building which housed the experiment was specially designed and built for it in St Mary’s Road, near Queen’s Road station. The building is still there, and listed, though it is converted into housing. Pioneering work was carried out there, demonstrating what health and well being is really about. People, who have been inspired for decades by the project and what it confirmed, come from all over the globe to visit the building to connect with these ideas that we still need to get into wider understanding. It is a tremendous asset for Peckham and we need to increase local understanding of it.


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