Recent Projects

 

Read below to find out more about our most recent projects.

 

 

Teachers' Resource Centre

 

We are excited to announce the launch of our Teachers' Resource Centre! We welcome teachers to use our archival resources to incorporate local history and heritage into lesson plans.

Each month, we will offer resources to mark a historic date or history month. We plan to develop this programme further to best suit our teachers and students, so would love your feedback and suggestions!

 

Our resource centre includes:

  • Digital photographs
  • PDFs of our exhibitions
  • Selected sound clips from oral histories
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Transcripts of oral histories
  • Access to our library

 

Open Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10am - 5:45pm.
Please email us to book your timeslot.

 


Remembering Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath Project

 

Our project Remembering Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath explores the recent history of the area, as told by the people who live there. In partnership with North Meets South, we collected oral history interviews with local people, who recalled their memories and experiences of both areas, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Once small hamlets surrounded by countryside, Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath have seen major changes over the past century.

 

Over summer 2022, we ran workshops at The Warren School about the heritage of Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath, using our oral histories to share what life was like in Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath in the 1950s and 60s. We later ran workshops with community groups in the area to co-design a pop-up exhibition, coming out in December 2022. We have now released the project digitally on a project website.

 

 

Visit the website to find out more! 

 


Tubular Bells and Copper Flowers Project 

 

Our Tubular Bells and Copper Flowers Project tells the story of the volunteer performers in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. In oral histories, they describe their extraordinary experiences of these historic events, from the audition process to the impact of the Ceremonies in Newham. 

 

During the Spring of 2022, we ran a series of creative workshops with community groups around Newham in which we shared our sound clips and photos to inspire artwork based on memories of the 2012 Opening Ceremonies. The artworks made in our workshops later featured on banners we designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of London 2012, which were displayed in parks around Newham over the summer and featured in the  'Celebrating 10 years' festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

This autumn, we launched our exhibition made from the volunteers' oral histories and photographs. We held a launch event at the View Tube cafe in the Olympic Park, where visitors could see our exhibition and take our guided walk, in partnership with London Unseen, exploring the fascinating heritage of the Olympic Park.