History in the making with airship mural makeover for Shortstown

MBTC Shortstown Mural 1
MBTC Shortstown Mural 1

Residents in Shortstown celebrated the completion of a special project to create a historical mural on the walls around the play area in Blackburn Close.

Those taking part in the project, led by local housing association bpha as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, included local artist Paul Nicholson and 11 children from Shortstown

MBTC Shortstown mural

MBTC Shortstown mural

Primary School – who researched, designed and painted the mural themed “Airship and Journeys Taken”.

Hannah Machin, art teacher at Shortstown Primary School, said: “The children helped decide on paint colours as well as choosing key London landscapes to be painted across the bottom of the mural. They

thoroughly enjoyed doing something out of the ordinary and creating something they can be truly proud of.”

Blackburn Close Play Area was chosen for the artistic makeover following consultation with local residents, during which the airship link was also established. The project was also funded by Brewers

Decorators, Airship Heritage Trust, Hybrid Air Vehicles and Shortstown Focus Group.

bpha community development officer Kim Burrows, said: “Not only has this been a great activity for community engagement, it has also provided a history making opportunity to link the old and new.

Shortstown is growing as new homes continue to be built, so the mural will capture the journey of the R101 to the new Airlander 10 for generations to come as we move towards Shortstown Centenary Year

in 2017.”

Throughout the next year, a number of volunteering projects are taking place to mark bpha’s 25th anniversary, offering all employees the opportunity to celebrate and engage with their customers and

communities.