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What's On

A necessary fiction
5 October 2017 - 20 January 2018
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
A new exhibition of artwork by ceramicist Basil Olton exploring the untold history of anti-imperialist black activism in interwar London. The work is inspired by Chris Braithwaite, also known as Chris Jones, a resident of Stepney, trade unionist and founder of the Colonial Seamen’s Association who worked and organised in the East End during the 1930s and 1940s. See the full programme of events.

African and Caribbean Family History Day
Saturday 7 October, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Get help researching your African and Caribbean ancestors and find out more about African and Caribbean heritage in London’s East End at this free family history event, run in partnership with the Tony Cheeseman Foundation. A variety of talks will take place throughout the day and visitors will have the chance to browse a number of displays and stalls, including a Hansib Publications book stall (50% discount). Free, no booking required - spend the day with us or just drop in!

10.55: Introduction to the day
11.00: Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered
Family historian and author Paul Crooks gives an account of how he traced his ancestors from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa, and gained international recognition for his breakthroughs in African Caribbean genealogical research.
12 noon: Introduction to Researching your Caribbean Ancestry
Join genealogist Sharon Tomlin for this introductory talk on how to begin tracing your Caribbean ancestry. Sharon is an experienced family historian and runs a variety of workshops and classes on tracing Caribbean ancestry.
1.00: Mini Talks
Grab some food and listen to a variety of short, 10 minute talks, including one by Tower Hamlets African & Caribbean Mental Health Organisation (THACMHO), a voluntary group which has played a leading role in researching and publicising the African and Caribbean history of London's East End.
2.00: African and Caribbean History at The National Archives
Join Sandra Shakespeare from The National Archives for an introductory talk on the records available at TNA and how they can help you to discover more about African and Caribbean history and ancestry.
3.00: 30 years from Black History Month: what are the Key lessons for family history?
Join Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator and leading expert on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK, for this fascinating talk. Patrick is the founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons, and is also Editor in Chief of Black History Month Magazine and a campaigner for Windrush Day as a public holiday.
3.50: Closing remarks

Talk: Jewish Participation in the Fire Service during World War Two
Thursday 12 October, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Join Martin Sugarman (Archivist, Association for Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) and Stephanie Maltman (Firemen Remembered) for this fascinating account of the essential role played by Jewish people in the Fire Service during the Second World War. Hear previously untold stories of courage, including that of the only London fireman to be awarded the George Cross for bravery during the war. Free, no booking required.

Family Fun at the Archives
Monday 23rd October, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
This half-term, why not explore one of the East End’s best kept secrets with your children – Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives! A range of creative activities will be laid on for children, inspiring them with historic materials from the library. The collections include old photographs, maps and documents illustrating the landscapes and people of the East End in centuries past. This session is designed for 6-11 year olds, but younger and older children are welcome. To book your family’s place at this free event, please email or call 0207 364 1290.

East End History Club
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Are you interested in the history of London’s East End? If so, come along to one of our FREE drop-in sessions. You’ll have the chance to browse through old photographs, maps, newspapers and archival documents relating to a range of popular subjects, such as housing, health, immigration, work, school, leisure and much more! These sessions are ideal for those who are curious about local history and want to find out more. There’s no need to book, just drop in. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Suitable for adults and children (11+).

Upcoming dates:

Saturday 21 October 2017, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday 2 December 2017, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday 3 February 2018, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Online exhibition
We are pleased to report that a new online exhibition is now available. From Town Hall to Local History Library & Archives: a short history of our service and premises, 1861-2015 is based on research undertaken for last year's 50th anniversary celebrations of the borough.

If you've ever wondered about the history of our Grade 2 listed building here on Bancroft Road, these web pages will reveal all.


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