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Musical memories: new reminiscence sessions in Havering!



We are heading to Havering this month and next to run some of our 'Tea, Music, and Dance' reminiscence sessions. We would love you to join us, and share your stories about leisure in the borough. We are going to be listening to some of your favourite songs from the '50s to the 70's, and hopefully bringing back lots of wonderful memories. Please check out 'Events' section for further details. See you there!

The new Women's History website is now online!


Our recently appointed trainee, Megan, has designed a fantastic new site containing three of our projects focusing on women's histories: the ongoing 'Appliance of Science'; 'We're Not Finished', which documents protest movements led by women; and 'Women in Football', which records the development of women's football with a focus on the game during the First World War.


Please visit the site here, and take a look at our galleries, oral history clips, podcasts, and our exhibitions!


Our work with the East End Women's Museum has begun!

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 

We are also delighted to be working on the following new projects:


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

Appliance of Science exhibition now available to borrow for free!


Appliance of Science tells the story of women in the home in Barking and Dagenham and East London and of the impact of domestic technology. This exhibition is now available to borrow free of charge (6 pop up banners).

Email us at office@ech.org.uk


Tea, Music, and Dance

Musical reminiscence sessions in Havering 

  • Tuesday 20th February. 2-4.pm, Holsworthy House
  • Monday 5th March. 2-4.pm, Brunswick Court
  • Thursday 8th March. 2-4.pm, William Tansley Smith House 

Funded by the City Bridge Trust

for lgbtq+ history month

Changing Minds Project: Mental health and Wellbeing


Touring exhibition:

  • 1-28th February, Redbridge Central Library 
  • 1-15th February, Barking Town Hall 
  • 15-28th February, Barking and Dagenham CVS

Changing Minds film screening, Poetry and Badge Making event:

  • Tuesday 27th February 6-8 pm, Broadway Theatre 

'Badges and Banners to change hearts and minds'

  • Monday 5 February. 3.30-4.30 pm, Woodford Green Library
  • Wednesday 7 February. 3.30-4.30 pm, Redbridge Central Library 
  • Thursday 8 February. 4-5 pm, Fullwell Cross Library
  • Friday 9 February. 3.30-4.30 pm, Hainault Library 
  • Thursday 22  February. 3.30-4.30 pm, Gants Hill Library 

for the women's vote centenary

Suffragette Sashes and Posters: Art Workshops 

  •  Monday 26th February. 3-5pm, BLC
  • Thursday 1st March. 3.30-5.30pm, BLC
  •  Tuesday 6th March. 3.30-5.30pm, Dagenham Library 
  • Wednesday 14th March. 3.30-5.30pm, Dagenham library

Funded by the Women's Vote Centenary


Poster Making Workshops 

  • Wednesday 7 March. 4-5pm, South Woodford Library and Gym
  • Thursday 8 March. 4-5pm, Fullwell Cross Library
  • Tuesday 13 March. 3.30-4.30pm, Hainault Library
  • Thursday 15 March.  3.30-4.30pm, Gants Hill Library
  • 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 

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