Memories of women living in Pimlico over the last 80 years will be shared at an exhibition.
The 'Life, Love, Laughter and Loss: Memories of the Way We Were' exhibition, which was set up by members of the Westminster Community Reminiscence and Archive Group (WCRAG), will go on show at the SW1 Gallery, in Cardinal Place, on Monday.
Pictures of the Second World War taken from the Westminster Archives, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms will be displayed. Below each photograph will be a written account of the war era remembered by the Pimlico community.The centrepiece of the exhibition is a mural created by artist Jonathan Boast, using the memories of the WCRAG women and children aged between five and 11 from youth groups based in the Churchill Gardens Estate in Lupus Street, Millbank, Sussex Street, and pupils of St Matthew's CofE School in Old Pye Street.
Joan Smith, 87, a member of WCRAG who has lived in Peabody Avenue all her life, said the exhibition helped bring back the memories.
She said: "We were bombed out during the war, so I had to move to another flat in Peabody Avenue.
"We lost a violin and a piano in the bombing that had been given to me by some friends. We had no music left in our lives, but at least we still had our lives."
Peter Daniel, of the Westminster Archives, helped set up the WCRAG meetings at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, in King Charles Street, Westminster.
He said: "We've put together a film looking at different aspects of the area over the last 80 years, such as the building of the Churchill Gardens Estate, the street sweepers of Gatliff Road and transport.
"Some of the ladies were conductors on buses leaving Victoria station, and one tells her story of being married to one of the drivers."
The film will be shown on Tuesday between 3pm and 5pm. The exhibition, which is on display at SW1 Gallery between Tuesday and Friday from noon to 6pm and on Saturday from noon to 4pm, will be open until Saturday, August 30. For more information call SW1 Gallery on 020 7963 4024.