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Saving Queen’s Market Pop-up Museum and Exhibition

Queen’s Market was first recorded 110 years ago and has always encouraged local entrepreneurs and specialist businesses both at home and new communities from other countries. The exhibition and pop up museum tells the stories of shoppers, traders and campaigners – and is open on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from 11am -4pm till 11th July.




New Project! – Discovering Phoenix & St. Clements

Discovering Phoenix & St. Clements
This HLF funded project saw Eastside Community Heritage working with young people from Phoenix School, Bow, on a voyage of discovery to learn more about the local heritage of the area.

Click here to view the project page where you’ll find more information, photographs & audio recollections.

New Headquarters

We recently moved premises.

Our new address:

Eastside Community Heritage

The Parish Centre

Cardinal Heenan Centre

326 High Road

Ilford IG1 1QP

020 8553 3116

ECH Trainees Tumblr!

Our trainees have set up their own blog, so you can track their progress and reflections as they go along! Click here to visit the site.

London Against Racism

We are proud to launch a new website for our London Against Racism oral history project. On the site you can find audio documentaries, films, an interactive timeline and more charting the story of how London has battled racial intolerance for decades. Discover the history at

Ugandan Asians

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians, Eastside Community Heritage has carried out an oral history project which aims to preserve the memories of London’s Ugandan Asian community. Through reminiscence sessions, interviews and working with the Indian Overseas Trust, we have collected over thirty oral histories and five hundred photographs. An exhibition has been produced which will be touring both East and North West London in Autumn 2013.
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To listen to clips from some of our interviews, click here or select the ‘Ugandan Asians’ page from the ‘Our Work’, ‘All Projects’ menu above. All audio, transcripts and images are available to access from our archive, please get in touch for more information on 0208 553 4343 or email

Half the Battle: Women Fighting Racism in East London

As part of Women’s History Month 2013, Eastside Community Heritage is presenting a history of women fighting racism in East London, in their own words.

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East Londoners have long been on the front line of the battle against racism in various forms. From Brick Lane to Barking, women have always played a crucial role in this vibrant and continuing legacy of activism. Half the Battle comes from interviews with local activists who have been involved in groups such as Rock Against Racism and Unite Against Fascism.

The free event will tour four venues in East London during March and April:

Tuesday 19 March – Idea Store Whitechapel, 7pm
Tuesday 26 March – Redbridge Central Library, 1pm (in assocation with RAMFEL)
Wednesday 27 March – Barking Learning Centre, 4pm (in association with RAMFEL)
Tuesday 2 April – Hoxton Hall, 7.30pm

Our New Podcast: Eastside Stories


We have just launched a new podcast, ‘Eastside Stories’, which will be broadcast every two weeks. Every episode will take a certain theme and bring you different stories from the archive on that theme. The theme of the first episode is Police.

To listen, click here or select the Podcast page from the ‘Our Work’ menu above.
You can also subscribe to the podcast by searching for ‘Eastside Stories’ on iTunes.

“An Introduction to Oral History” Training Days

Eastside Community Heritage is pleased to announce that we will be offering a series of one day training courses in Oral History, starting in February 2013!

Click here for more information

Working with Disability: Events for UK Disability History Month 2012

22nd November-22nd December is UK Disability History Month. To mark this year’s programme Eastside and DABD (uk) will be holding two reminiscence sessions on the theme of working with disability:
  • Dates: Thursday 6th & Friday 7th December, 2.30-4pm
  • Venue: DABD (uk), 177 Valence Wood Road, Dagenham, RM8 3AJ
  • Contact: Steve Rolling,, 0208 553 4343

A “working with disability” exhibition will run alongside, telling stories of disabled workers from East London’s Remploy & Newco factories, in their own words.

Reminiscence sessions are a great opportunity to see photographs of local people and industries from the Eastside archives and to have an enjoyable chat about your own experiences with like-minded people.

Ring Ramblers Walking Tour

Our audio walking tour for the Ring Ramblers project is now online and available to download (for free!). You can also find a map of the Bow area to take you on a self-guided history tour of Bow! Click here to see more.


The People’s Museum & Gallery of Newham

Open until the end of October 2012.

We will be offering a full programme of events, including: history talks, film screenings, reminiscence sessions, artist workshops and much more!

The opening times, location details and full programme of events are available here.

Updates and alterations to the programme will be available on our Facebook and Twitter accounts



Congratulations Judith!!!

On behalf of the Board of Eastside Community Heritage I would like to offer our warmest congratulations to our executive director Judith Garfield who was awarded the MBE for services to community heritage in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Judith joined the staff of Eastside Community Heritage in 1999. She became our manager in 2000.

Judith Garfield

She has transformed Eastside from a small, localised and struggling organisation into the “market leader” of community heritage in Great Britain. This transformation began when, under her leadership, Eastside secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to establish the East London Peoples Archive, which today contains over a thousand digitalised oral histories of East Londoners. The vast majority of these would have been otherwise permanently hidden from history, as many of the histories are from working class communities, from the economically deprived, from immigrant communities and from disabled people. It is these stories that Eastside, under Judith’s leadership, has concentrated on discovering, recording and highlighting their historical significance. Many of these voices Judith has recorded herself, a process which has often required her persuading those she was recording that their stories were worth telling. Her outstanding ability of empathize has made all this possible, and while Judith has proved talented at securing funding, making contacts and at carrying out projects from start to finish, it is this capacity of empathize with the “common people” of East London which has been her outstanding contribution to Eastside and to the development of community heritage in Britain.

Because of this under Judith’s leadership Eastside has managed to complete over a hundred large and small heritage projects with funding from the HLF, local government, private companies, the charitable sector and others. Many of these have been ground-breaking and have introduced themes which have been taken up by others in the sector. Her greatest success in recent years was to initiate, secure funding for and have overall responsibility for the implementation of the Working Lives of the Thames Gateway project, which recorded over 280 oral histories of those who worked in vanishing or disappeared industries in East London and beyond. This four year project, which was completed in early 2011, was been widely praised by independent monitors, our funders, and most important for Eastside, the participants in the project. Once again it is Judith’s ability to give value and self-worth to the lives and experiences of “ordinary people” which has been a key to this success.

There are other aspects of Judith’s work at Eastside which can be acknowledged. This would include her ground-breaking inter-generational and inter-community work; her development of a volunteering programming which has often resulted in volunteers moving on to a career in heritage; and, most recently, her developing a Skills for the Future programme which will provide training and a qualification for mainly black and ethnic minority people in a heritage sector in which they are, today, grossly under-represented.

For all this reasons, Judith’s contribution to her East London community and to the field of community heritage deserves the widest recognition, which, we are delighted to say, she has now received.

Dr Geoffrey Bell

Chairperson, Eastside Community Heritage

Ireland – What Was That About?

Eastside Community Heritage are proud to present the new ‘Ireland – What Was That About?’ website featuring oral histories, videos, photos and more. To view the site click here.

NEW! – Barking Park

In collaboration with Barking Park (London Borough Of Barking and Dagenham) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Eastside Community Heritage is embarking on an exciting oral history project to record the stories of the people who use this wonderful space.

Here are some of their memories.

To listen to some audio clips and view more wonderful pictures click here.


Rediscovering Redbridge

Over the past six months, we have recorded peoples’ memories of living and working in Redbridge over the last 70 years. Many peoples’ memories involve Redbridge during wartime, rationing, how shopping and transport have changed over the years, and how Redbridge as a whole has changed.

Audio clips for the Rediscovering Redbridge project can be heard by clicking here.
Dancing Round The Maypole on Wanstead Flats © Eastside Community Heritage


The Ring Ramblers Project

The Olympic Ramblers project is an exciting new project working with local schools in four of the Olympic boroughs. The aim of the project is to design a series of historic rambles to the Olympic Park site using people’s memories of the area to create an interesting and unique ramble.
We are currently collecting memories from local people who have lived and / or worked in the area for a number of years. The memories collected will be used in school workshops to aid the creativity of the local children in designing their ramble. The local children will also create downloadable podcasts and maps of their rambles so they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

This organisation has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by The National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by ELBA.
If you would like to share your memories of the area, please contact Claire on 0208 553 4343, or by email:


Working Lives website!!!

Eastside Community Heritage are proud to present the new Working Lives website featuring oral histories, videos, photos and more. To view the site click here

As part of the Working Lives project Eastside Community Heritage has also added an education resources area of the website containing classroom projects relating to each borough. To access your district please click here.

Working lives publication now available, for a copy contact

Olympic Memories Audio

Eastside has been collecting the memories of people who worked, lived and played on the Olympic Park site and the wider Stratford area.

A selection of these memories can be heard by clicking here.

What did the unions do for you?

A Witness Seminar on trade unions

At the Buckingham Room, Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH from 11am-3pm Friday 25th March 2011.

This is a chance for former workers to talk about their experiences of the trade union movement in the post Second World War period.

It is a free and open event, with lunch included.

This event is part of the Working Lives of the Thames Gateway Project

For more information please contact Eastside Community Heritage on 0208 553 4343 or by clicking here.

Skills for the Future

New Pathways project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund Eastside is recruiting for a training support Officer and for 4 training positions for more information click here.

Eastside Community Heritage on BBC

Click here to view the BBC London article ‘London’s industrial past revisited at Guildhall’
Click here to see ‘Looking back at life on the Docks’ on BBC London
Click here to see the BBC article on Sharing Stratford’s Stories

New Videos

We are pleased to announce the addition of new videos to our site. To view ‘Playing In West Ham’ or the ‘Ireland’ Trailer then click here.

Now available for download!

Young Olympic Tour Guides.

Young Olympic Tour Guides

Young Olympic Tour Guides

Elderly residents of Tower Hamlets shared their knowledge and experience of the area with local primary school children to create an intergenerational and uniquely personal walk down memory lane. The young people ran tours to the Olympic site View Tube where an exhibition of photos and memories documented the Oral History interviews that the participants recorded. The tour and accompanying map are now available for download here.


Skills for the Future

Eastside makes history and provides Oral History training opportunities.

We are pleased to confirm, that we have been awarded significant funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop a Skills for the Future programme.

This programme will centre on training in oral history to Black and Ethnic Minority communities.

Eastside’s Skills for the Future programme will allow 12 people to be trained in oral history over the next three years. Black and ethnic minority participants will be targeted as these are under-represented in the heritage industry. The trainees will often work on projects which tell the story of such communities. At the end of the training participants will have the opportunity to awarded an NVQ – the first time such a qualification will be available in oral history. NVQ training will start in November 2010. Please check the website for further details nearer the time.

Do you remember the Wapping Dispute?

We are collecting and recording memories of the 1986 – 87 strike against the sacking of over 5,000 print workers by News International. The strike was pivotal for both the printing industry and the British union movement. Were you a print worker, a News International employee, a trade unionist, a demonstrator or a resident of Wapping?

Do you remember the days of Fortress Wapping if so contact email Judith .

Click here for a small selection of audio clips detailing the Wapping Dispute.

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