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Stages of Half Moon: Celebrating the rich heritage of Half Moon Theatre
Exhibition and events: 12 January - 3 April 2017

From its inception in 1972, Half Moon Theatre has played a key role in the development of the theatre sector and in its early years was responsible for radical, politically charged productions including Steven Berkoff's Sink the Belgrano and Frances de la Tour as a female Hamlet. Though the parent company closed in 1990, the young people's section continues to thrive in Limehouse as an independent charity and the UK's leading professional, small-scale young people's venue and touring company.


Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Tower Hamlets Council is marking the annual commemoration with a range of events on Sunday 29 January organised by Jewish Care. As part of this programme, we have curated an evening of short films and are also hosting an exhibition - details below. All events are free and no booking is required.

Film screening
Thursday 26 January, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
Our double-bill of black & white short films both feature archival footage, though only the first, depicting the horrors of fascism up close, is a documentary. The second film was shot in 1950s London in a lightly fictionalised tale of a European refugee starting to set up a new life here.

* Night & Fog (30 minutes, dir. Alain Resnais, France, 1956) 

This early documentary by the famed director of Hiroshima mon amour blends archive footage of the concentration camps alongside oral testimony. Though only half an hour long, it is often voted among the best documentaries of all time. A graphic and upsetting film, this screening is not suitable for children.

* Refuge England (27 minutes, dir Robert Vas, UK, 1959)

Director Robert Vas was brought up in a Jewish ghetto, and arriving in London during the experimental cinema verite movement, his early films avoided the imposition of a formal narrative so as to present unfettered the images and sounds captured by his camera. This, his first film, depicts a refugee's arrival in London after Hungary's 1956 revolution.

Exhibition: Hidden Histories
Monday 16 - Tuesday 31 January 2017
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
In recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, we will be hosting a small display curated by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2011, in which survivors of the Holocasut and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia reveal an object from their lives before genocide and its significance to them.

The First Woman Mayor of Bethnal Green
Saturday 18 March, 2:30 - 3:45pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Delve into the archives at this fascinating talk about the life and career of L. Dorothea Benoly, the first woman Mayor of Bethnal Green, who served from 1933-1934. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives holds personal diaries of her time in office, as well as her scrapbook of photos, invitations, and newspaper clippings, which you will have a chance to browse first-hand. Free, no booking required.

New 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.

History Hoppers
If you are curious about archive collections and enjoy looking through old pictures and newspapers, drop in any time between 11.30am-1.30pm on the last Tuesday of every month to explore original historical library and archive sources which help to tell the story of Tower Hamlets. Tea / coffee and biscuits will be provided! FREE, no booking required.
Upcoming History Hoppers dates:

Tuesday 31 January, 11.30am-1.30pm  
Tuesday 28 February, 11.30am-1.30pm   
Tuesday 28 March, 11.30am-1.30pm  
Tuesday 25 April, 11.30am-1.30pm  
Tuesday 30 May, 11.30am-1.30pm  
Tuesday 27 June, 11.30am-1.30pm 

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