Eastside Community Heritage was established in 1993 as part of the Stratford City Challenge community history project and became an independent charity in 1997. In 1999 Eastside Community Heritage established the Hidden Histories archive formerly known as the East London People’s Archive which now holds over 4,000 oral histories, thousands of photographs and video material all preserved and archived for public benefit. The organisation is also an accredited cultural heritage training centre, specialising in Oral History – QCF Level 1, 2 and 3.

 

We aim to:

  • Build, service and enable partnerships to record, document and preserve the experiences of different communities.
  • Inform people through the provision of social, cultural, educational and historical activities.
  • Empower individuals and communities to access the resources to write, rewrite, record, publish and present their own histories and that of the local area.
  • Promote civic pride through active participation and involvement in community affairs.
  • Promote greater harmony and understanding of interracial and inter generational experiences through historical explorations.
  • Celebrate the cultures and heritage of East London’s diverse communities.
  • Provide independent historical, social research and evaluation.