Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad

A new and exciting exhibition which celebrates Rom Skatepark will be opening at Havering Museum on 23 March for a two week period. Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad celebrates the 40 year history of the skatepark, which is the only one of its kind listed in the world.

As a pre-cursor to the exhibition opening a special free talk and reminiscence will take place on Saturday, 23 February, at 1.00pm.   Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, is hosting this event. The session will feature a lecture by Iain on his new book released the same week – “Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History”  which highlights the role that skateparks and in particular Rom Skatepark have had through the decades since the birth of skateboarding in the UK in the mid-70’s.  You will be among the first to buy a signed copy of the book at the event.

At the reminiscence a short 15 minute preview from the feature documentary Rom Boys, due for release later in the year, will be shown. The film features some of the world’s biggest names in BMX and skateboarding as well as local old school “Rom Boys”.

Photo courtesy of Matt Harris

The exhibition which runs from 23 March to 6 April, will feature BMX bikes, boards, amazing photography, Rom memorabilia and artwork through the decades along with a special 15 minute preview edition of the documentary “Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad”. 

The exhibition will be officially opened by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell on Saturday 23rd March 2019.  Public access to the exhibition will be from 12 noon on the day. 
“I was incredibly pleased to hear that The Rom had secured Heritage Lottery Funding,” said Andrew Rosindell. “Along with the upcoming film and Museum exhibition, I believe these projects could provide useful historical context to local people and ensure the significance of the skatepark is not forgotten to future generations. Rom Skatepark is an asset to our Borough and I hope to see the interest and support for it grow well into the future.” To reserve a free ticket for the reminiscence and talk on Saturday, 23rd February email or ring 01708 766571 

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