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Virtual Assembly

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Virtual Assembly is an interactive digital model of Old Kent Road Mosque and MANUK (Muslim Association of Nigeria UK) due to the demolition and redevelopment of their mosque on Old Kent Road in Southwark. In the early 1960s, a transient community of Nigerians came to London to study. Initially staying only for short periods, it wasn’t until the 1980s that a more permanent community began to form, giving rise to the Muslim Association of Nigeria UK (MAN UK). A further ten years passed before MAN UK acquired their first place of worship, the Old Kent Road Mosque. In 2018, approval was granted for a six-storey mosque to be built on the site, as both an act of devotion and a practical response to a growing community.

Prior to the demolition, a LiDAR scan of the entire building was made which served as the foundation for an interactive model to house a collection of stories and personal accounts from mosque members. Made in collaboration with the congregation this interactive model offers innovative ways to engage with the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of London’s oldest Nigerian community during a significant phase of their evolutionary journey.
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Funded by UKRI and made in collaboration with MANUK (Muslim Association of Nigeria UK), The Fabrication Lab University of Westminster and Untold Garden.

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Documentation of Virtual Assembly © Julie Marsh