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Researching African-Caribbean presence in Tower Hamlets

London’s East End has been home to people of African and Caribbean origin since at least the 16th century; their presence since this time reflecting Britain’s imperial past and maritime history, in addition to the country’s involvement in the slave trade.

This user guide has been written to introduce some of the material available at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives which may be of interest to those researching the African and Caribbean presence in the borough.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives continues to actively collect new material, particularly on themes and communities which are currently under-represented. If you would like to discuss depositing material at the archives, please call 0207 364 1290 or email


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