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In this section, you can find a listing of all the current publications on offer at Eastside Community Heritage. Please browse the section, and feel free to email or phone if you are interested in ordering any of the publications.
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Working Lives

This is a sparkling portrait of working life in the heart of the industrialised world, forged out of spoken testimony. For over a century, London’s Eastern riverside – the Thames Gateway – heaved under the weight of factories, furnaces and commodity mountains. Here, tough working conditions bred a unique culture of craftsmanship, play, paternalism and rebellion. Working Lives of the Thames Gateway charts the ‘within living memory’ experience of the old economy’s foot soldiers, from the 1940’s heyday through to recession and decline. Brimming with surprising stories and beautiful photographs, this is essential reading for anyone interested in ‘voices from below’ or London’s rich social history.

The book is part of an ambitious 3 year project, which collected over 260 oral history interviews with people who worked in a host of near-extinct/dying trades. It accompanies an exhibition at London Guildhall Art Gallery, video documentary and an education pack for schools.


In this publication we bring together photographs of black and Asian people in East London from the 1920s to the present day. This does not seek to be a comprehensive pictorial history of these communities; it is very much a “snap shot” history, confined as it is to material Eastside has collected or originated and for which we hold the copyright.

Field of Dreams - Wanstead Flats

North Woolwich – Stories from the Riverside

The history of the North Woolwich docks told by the people who worked and lived there. Memories of surviving between the wars, the decline in the late 1960s – early 1970s and the rise of City Airport.

The Other Eastenders

This publication tells the story of he Black and Asian community in Canning Town, East London in the 1920′s and 1930′s, , of a social and cultural organisation of that community, the ‘Coloured Mens Institute’; and it’s founder Kamal Chunchie.

Teviot Tales
Teviot Tales

This book, told in the words of the people who live on the Teviot Estate in Poplar, East London, is a celebration of their lives and a history of the development of the estate.

Green Street Lives
Green Street Lives

Opinions and views from the people who have lived and worked in this vibrant street in East London.

Stories from Silvertown
Stories from Silvertown

Local residents recall growing up, living and working in Silvertown – looking at their past.

Black Angels from the Empire
Black Angels from the Empire

A moving account from a group of nurses who worked all their lives for the NHS caring for others.

The Way we Were
The Way We Were

A heart warming nostalgic look at life and love in East London.

A Working Class War

Two families divided by a great river retell their experiences of life during the Second World War on the home front.

Newham Women
Newham Women

Fourteen East End women recount their experiences of family, work and making east London their home.

Hidden Lives

A warm hearted trip down memory lane by their residents of 42 Ballam Street, Plaistow.

Memories of St. Mary's
Memories of St Marys

A history of St Mary Magdelene’s East Ham.

Green Street Primary Poets
Green Street Primary Poets

Four primary schools in the London Borough of Newham – a collection of childrens poetry.