STAFF

JUDITH GARFIELD MBE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

With ECH since 1998, Judith is responsible for the organisation’s core work programme. Judith has trained over 60 community groups in oral history and is currently delivering an oral history “apprenticeship”, an NVQ accredited qualification unique in the UK. Previous to joining ECH, Judith was a set designer and stage manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East, working with Mike Leigh. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012 for her work, and her commitment to Community Heritage. 

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HANNAH FORSYTHE, SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER

 

Appointed to Eastside in 2017, Hannah graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Design History. Her research focused on queer spaces and LGBTQI+ history, for which she used oral testimony as her primary methodology. This approach is something she greatly believes in – a way of giving a voice to the lives and stories of ordinary people. Hannah is enjoying uncovering many new histories of the East End here at ECH. 

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FRANCIS BALL, SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER

 

Before being appointed project officer, Francis spent a year as a trainee at ECH on their HLF funded ‘Skills for the Future’ programme. Francis holds an MA in Philosophy and a BA in Art History. He first gained a passion for community heritage when researching local arts projects in Belfast’s Loyalist neighbourhoods. His interests also lie in the emergence and decline of live music venues across London, and the changing landscape of community migration. 

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JAMES KING, PROJECT OFFICER

 

James was a community heritage trainee at ECH and is now starting a new role as project officer. A History MA graduate of the University of Essex, James is passionate about cultural history, with tendencies towards sport and music. A former volunteer at the Charlton Athletic Football Club Museum and co-founder of a community music platform, James enjoys working on projects close to his heart, as well as running workshops and youth outreach sessions.

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LAURA OWEN, COMMUNITY HERITAGE TRAINEE

 

Laura graduated from the University of Leicester with an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in History, spending a year studying in Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in how community heritage and activism are linked through community outreach work; in particular the LGBT+ rights movement and intersectional feminism. Having grown up in a small, ex-mining community in Staffordshire, Laura is looking forward to uncovering previously unheard stories of the East End.

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KAY STEPHENS, COMMUNITY HERITAGE TRAINEE

 

Kay  holds an MPhil and BA in Philosophy from UCL. Kay is a co-founder and editor of daikon* zine, which explores issues of solidarity, community, and the experiences of East and Southeast non-binary people and women in the diaspora. She is particularly interested in how migrant and activist histories can inform contemporary anti-racist politics. 

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JANICE ROBINS, ARCHIVE ADIMINISTRATOR

 

Janice has volunteered for the Hidden Histories Archive for 10 years. She joined the day after she retired from a forty year career in the civil service. With a degree in English, Janice has always been fascinated in history. She first worked on the Working Lives of the Thames Gateway project as an interviewer and has been taking care of the archive ever since. Janice was also closely involved in the Little Germany project. This had personal resonance as her great grand-father was a German who had lived in the UK for forty years but was caught up in the repercussions against his countrymen during WW1. 


CLAIRE DAYS, CONSULTANT (MONITORING & EVALUATION, TRAINING)

 

An experienced project manager and evaluator, Claire has delivered and monitored over 20 learning and educational projects in the community heritage sector. She is a QCF accredited assessor for community, arts and heritage learners, as well as an accredited trainer for young people and adults from diverse backgrounds. Claire's main objective is the engagement and participation of underrepresented minority groups, including LGBTQ, women, BAME communities, and those with physical and learning disabilities. Claire has worked with Eastside on numerous projects and continues to bring her expertise as monitoring and evaluation and training assessment specialist.