The above picture is from the late 1970s when the Newington Estate was being built next door. At this point it was still a grocers shop – J.D Davies & Sons. When the Pullens Estate was built in the 1880s, the premises was a bakers with a huge oven at the back of the shop.
To be honest, we really didn’t take many photos of the space or of collective members during the first 30+ years of opening. But we have had hundreds of people working in 56a since 1991 opening the shop up, doing shifts, working on the archive, putting on events, publishing newspapers and pamphlet and just keeping on keeping on.