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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1961 Matt Johnson, lead singer of The The, was born in London.
15th August 1950 Princess Anne, was born in St James Palace, London.
15th August 1946 Comedy actor and presenter Tony Robinson was born in Homerton, London.
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
15th August 1858 Childrens author Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, London.
This is where the matchbox toys factory used to be.
Location: Lee Conservancy Road, Homerton Road, Hackney, E9
Description: This massive new redeveloped apartment building used to be the renowned Lesney Matchbox Toys factory. Like all great old-world manufacturers it's got a spectacular canal-side location. It's now home to 49 permanent purpose-built artists studios.
Lesneys factory made legendary Matchbox Toys between 1952 and 1982 - inside there are enormous illustrations of the people using the machines that made the toys, painted directly onto the gallery walls. Plus there are a number of video diaries by employees about their experiences of working at Lesneys. The display includes two computer interactives: one which will record a survey of visitors attitudes to work, the other an opportunity for visitors to explore job opportunities in relation to their interests and skills.