London’s mega event heritage and the development of UCL East

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This chapter explores how the development of UCL East and the other emerging cultural institutions of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Stratford, London) have been shaped by the area’s historical development and the mega event that precipitated their emergence – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It locates this inquiry within a longer-term historical perspective on the relationship between large-scale educational initiatives that emerged as a form of ‘legacy’ from other, earlier, ‘mega events’ like the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Roche 2000) which have traditionally been seen as key signifiers of London’s modern urban development and, increasingly, as part of its heritage (see Johansen 1996). Fundamentally, it seeks to ask how far developments like UCL East are relying on particularised or limited conceptualisations of their host site and city’s pasts – both reified as ‘heritage’ or otherwise – within this future-oriented vision.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCo-curating the City
Subtitle of host publicationUniversities and urban heritage past and future
EditorsClare Melhuish, Henric Benesch, Dean Sully, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUCL Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781800081826, 9781800081857, 9781800081864
ISBN (Print)9781800081840, 9781800081833
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • mega events
  • UCL East
  • institutional myths
  • Great Exhibition London
  • London 2012 Olympics
  • legacy
  • East Bank
  • South Bank Exhibition
  • culture-led regeneration
  • urban studies


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