an investigation of the investigation into the 1981 New Cross Fire

Produced by MA students at the Centre for Research Architecture and facilitated by Stafford Scott & Kamara Scott, Guest Professors, Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London, 2022-23


digital archive of research materials
diagrams and links


How did the media aid
the depoliticization
of the fire?


In 1980s Britain, the media landscape was more diverse. In addition to the mainstream Fleet Street newspapers that we still see today such as The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian, there were a plethora of local and independent newspapers with varying political leanings in circulation, including West Indian World, The Socialist Worker, The Socialist Challenge, and The Morning Star.

By comparing and contrasting these newspapers’ responses to the New Cross fire, inconsistencies and omissions surrounding the investigation begin to emerge. Similarly, there are a number of inconsistencies in the public, political, and media attitudes towards Black people in Britain.