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Ireland: What was all that?


Eastside Community Heritage and the Tower Museum Londonderry/Derry are pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking exhibition, Ireland: what Was That About?, which opened in the Tower Museum on 30 April.       

This exhibition tells how the recent political and military conflict in Northern Ireland played a significant part in the lives of two groups of people from Great Britain. 

Working Lives Witness Seminar

As part of Working Lives of the Thames Gateway, Eastside held a witness seminar on the subject of the London Docklands Development Corporation and its programme of regeneration from 1981 to 1998. The seminar took place at Queen Mary, University of London and brought together a panel of ‘experts’ and decision makers who were involved at the time, to discuss the concept of the LDDC and its results.

The regeneration of Docklands forms an important part of the background to the Working Lives project. The decline of traditional industries like the docks, and the ways in which both workers and local communities have adapted to it, is a theme that often comes up in our interviews with former industrial workers.

Dr. Janet Foster, author of ‘Docklands:Cultures in Conflict, Worlds in Collision’ opened the seminar with an introductory talk about regeneration in Docklands. The panel discussion was chaired by Dr. Jon Davis of Queen Mary, University of London and the panel members were: Stuart Innes, David Donoghue, Eric Sorensen, George Pye, Cllr. Conor Mc Auley, Peter Dunn, Lord Howe of Aberavon, Piers Gough, Lawrence Pontin and Howard Sheppard.

It was a very interesting afternoon during which the work of the LDDC was debated from a variety of perspectives. The discussion was recorded, and the material is currently being processed in order to make it available to researchers and the local community.

A booklet was produced to accompany the seminar, which provided an historical overview of the regeneration of Docklands and incorporated extracts from interviews carried for Eastside’s ‘North Woolwich’ project, as well as photographs from Eastside’s archive. If you would like a copy of this pamphlet please contact or 0208 553 4343.

Working Lives Contributors’ Meet-up

On 19th March we held a meet-up at Greenwich Heritage Centre for people who have been interviewed during the first year of the Working Lives of the Thames Gateway project.

This was an opportunity for interviewees to meet and share memories with people from different industries. It also gave people a chance to tell us what they think of the project and have their say about what should happen to their interviews. There was an excellent turnout of 26 people and we gained lots of useful feedback that will influence what we do in year 2 of the project.

Archive Landmark Award 2008

Eastside were thrilled to be awarded Highly Commended at LMA’s Archive Landmark Awards. Our entry showcased the Working Lives project at the end of year one. Thank you to everyone who has helped with the project.