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and preserving powerful stories in your community.

We use the creative arts and digital story telling to engage communities

in oral history and heritage activities. 

eastside news

To nominate women in Barking and Dagenham to feature in next year's Black History Month exhibition, call us or send us your completed form:

our Women's History website now online

New trainee, Megan, designed a fantastic new site containing three of our projects focusing on women's histories:

  • Appliance of Science: Women and the impact of domestic technology;
  • We're Not Finished: Protest movements led by women;
  • Women in Football: With a focus on the game during the WWI.

Click here, to explore our galleries, oral histories, podcasts and exhibitions.

work with the East End Women's Museum

Helen Pankhurst at our launch with the East End Women's Museum
Helen Pankhurst at our launch with the East End Women's Museum

Press release extract (24/01/18)

“For far too long female voices have been overlooked. Women’s stories may be very different to men’s, and it’s not just about what is told but how. A history of local women, their struggles, their rights and their victories is a history of Barking and Dagenham."  Judith Garfield MBE, Executive Director at Eastside 

new projects

  • Working for Equality in partnership with East End Women’s Museum
  • Growing Old Gracefully in partnership with SubCo
  • Somali Seafarers in partnership with Somali Senior Citizens Club
  • Music, Tea and Dance for older people & people with dementia


Tea. Music, Dance


 Reminiscence Sessions 

  • Thursday 5 April. 2.00-3.30pm, Chadwell House, Redbridge
  • Tuesday 17 April. 2.00-3.30pm, Stoneleigh Court, Redbridge


From tomorrow till the end of March 2018, Dagenham Library

The story of women in the home in Barking and Dagenham and

East London and of the impact of domestic technology. 


(To also borrow this exhibition free of charge, email us at office@ech.org.uk)

for the women's vote centenary


 Poster Making Workshops 

  • Tuesday 20 March. 3.30-4.30pm, Redbridge Central Library
  • Thursday 22 March. 4-5pm, Wanstead Library
  • Tuesday 27 March. 4-5pm, Woodford Green Library 

Our sash-making workshops have been a success with all ages!

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