MUSIC TEA AND DANCE: REMINISCENCE
FOR OLDER PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
City Bridge Trust
APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE: WOMEN, HOME
AND DOMESTIC TECHNOLOGY
National Lottery Funded
Next year it will be 100 years since women over the age of 30 received the vote, an important occasion Eastside wishes to celebrate. Appliance of Science will tell the story of women in the home and of the impact of domestic technology.
Through the history of Barking & Dagenham households, and interviews with women over the age of 60, the project will look at variations in cultures between how domestic chores are undertaken, the growth of consumer culture, and the origins of gender divide. Click here to see more about the project on our new women's history website, and learn how you can get involved.
In partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community
Eastside will record the experiences of LGBT+ people living and working in the London Borough of Redbridge, and who are affected by mental health issues. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness under law until 1968 (Sexual Offences Act of 1967) and transsexualism was not declassified as a mental illness in England and Wales until 2002.
We will interview people born from the 1950s until 1997 in order to understand the issues affecting LGBT+ people. We will work with partners to engage communities in heritage activities through events, mobile exhibitions and school workshops.
JOURNEY TO RECOVERY
In partnership with Blenheim
Described as the ‘ultimate journey’ by one former addict, Journey to Recovery will record the life histories of service users, and of their key workers, at R3 ETE (Education, Training and Employment) in the London Borough of Redbridge. Personal stories will be juxtaposed against the infamous practices of psychiatric internment and addiction treatments, such as lobotomy and prescribed morphine, commonly used at Claybury Hospital, and St Clements Hospital in the East End.
In light of the enduring stigma attached to addiction issues, it is crucial to hear the voices of those whose journeys are still ongoing.
Commissioned by Active Newham - Heritage Lottery Funded
Eastside will be gathering the memories of people who lived in East Ham and visited Plashet Park at different times.
500 years ago, Plashet or 'small clearing in a wood’ was a small village, and the area around East Ham, a forest. Although long gone, Plashet Zoo and the butterfly house opened respectively in 1964 and 1991. The park also accommodated political rallies, as for example on the 11th May, 1985, when a peaceful march of over 2000 people protesting against racist police treatment ended in Plashet Park.
80 YEARS PLAYING IN LEYTON
In partnership with Leyton Orient
This project will record Leyton’s changing landscape over the past 80 years through the stories of Leyton Orient supporters.
From World War I, when 1,300 houses were damaged by Zeppelin raids, to the Blitz of World War II, Leyton was a primary target due to its proximity to the London Docks and Temple Mills rail yard. The building in 1972 of the 20-storey tower blocks Cathall estate was followed by the M11 Road Campaign, instigating an era of resistance, with the Leyton Art House in Claremont. Leyton, has also undergone regeneration in connection with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN: THE HAROLD WOOD HOSPITAL Celebrating 70 years of the NHS
Eastside wishes to celebrate 70 years of the NHS through exploring the history of Havering’s Harold Wood Hospital (1909-2006). The project will gather the oral histories of former and currently active health care professionals right across the NHS, as well as at Harold Wood.
Activities will include reminiscence sessions at Queen’s Hospital, Romford; Vox Pop Memory Cafes; multimedia workshops at local schools to create Open Mic material for Harold Wood Community Radio; a living history exhibition: ‘Hospital Ward, 1948’ recreating a historic hospital ward.
Inspiring Communities Funded
The project is working on the Olympic park to record stories of people playing and involved in sports activities as well as memories of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The project will train young people to use multimedia tools to document older people’s memories of sport, producing a short history film on the subject as we seek to encourage youth to engage with wellbeing and fitness in their local are.