Clays Lane Oral History Project

Stratford's Housing Cooperative


Gathering oral histories eleven years on from the demolition of Stratford's Clays Lane housing cooperative.


Oral histories: 6 (10 hours)


 Making Our Home in Canning Town


From Rathbone Market to the Royal Docks, our project seeks to capture the area's rich history through oral histories.


Oral histories: 7 (10 hours)

Resources: Exhibition. 

From Cinema to Synagogue

The history of the Ilford United Synagogue

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The history of the Synagogue in Beehive Lane and the Jewish
community in Redbridge.

Oral histories: 13 (25 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Podcast.

Redbridge: London or Essex?

Celebrating 50 years of Redbridge

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 A project looking at the recent history of Redbridge as a London Borough and celebrating its 50 years.

Oral histories: 9 (15 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Website.

Growing up in Plaistow

A history of Plaistow by local residents

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Exploring the development and history of Plaistow through the memories of local residents.

Oral histories: 11 (18 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; App; Website.

Partner: Plaistow South Big Local.

Woodberry Down: The People's Story

The Woodberry down Estate in Hackney 

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The local community to uncovers the history of the Woodberry down estate over the past 60 years.

Oral histories: 32 (50 hours).

Resources: Booklet; Exhibition; Shop.

Partner: WDCO.

Ring Ramblers Walking Tour

A historical walking tour to the Olympic Park 

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Working with young people with autism, we developed a walking tour from Bow to the Olympic Park. 

Oral histories: 11 (22 hours).

Resources: Film; Walking Tour; Ed. pack.

Partner: Phoenix Secondary School.

Rediscovering Redbridge

70 years of Redbridge 

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People's memories of living in Redbridge over the past 70 years, from wartime rationing to transport and shopping.

Oral histories: 20 (30 hours).

Resources: Podcasts; Exhibition.

Bridging the Gap

 The Aberfeldy Estate in Tower Hamlets

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This multimedia project based on the Aberfeldy Estate captured oral histories with older residents. 

Oral histories: 14 (20 hours).

Resources: Film; Exhibition.

Partner: Hiatus 8.

Bethnal Green Stories

The Sutton Estate in Tower Hamlets

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Documenting the rich history of Tower Hamlets' 

first estate in Bethnal Green. 

Oral histories: 8 (12 hours).

Resources: Exhibition.

Partner: Affinity Sutton Tenants' Association.

Stories from Silvertown

Silvertown and the docks by local residents

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We worked with local residents to preserve the heritage of the communities that lived in Silvertown and the docks. 

Oral histories: 19 (30 hours).

Resources: Booklet.

Partner: Silvertown Tenants Association.

Teviot Tales

 The history of the Teviot Estate, Tower Hamlets

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The 1950's Teviot estate was affected by the closing of the docks, bringing major changes to the local economy. 

Oral histories: 14 (20 hours).

Resources: Booklet.

Partner: Poplar HARCA.

Green Street Lives

  Green Street in Newham over the past 40 years 

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The story of the Newham street through the opinions and life

stories of some of those who lived or worked there.  

Oral histories: 14 (20 hours).

Resources: Booklet.

Partner: Green Street Partnership SRB.

Imagining the Past: Barking & Dagenham

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Local historians for the day, children explored the archive and interviewed local people from their community. 

Oral histories: 14 (20 hours).

Resources: Booklet.

Partner: LBBD.