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Mapping the Hamlets
Exhibition and events: 15 April - 21 September 2017
For the first time, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives is exhibiting a large selection of its rare or unique historic maps of the borough. Beginning in 1610 with Norden's map of the County of Middlesex, the exhibition will illustrate how maps and plans have been used to record almost everything - streets and landmarks still recognisable today, as well as aspects of East End life that have now disappeared from the contemporary landscape, whether ancient administrative boundaries, specific migrant communities, tram routes or air-raid shelters. A programme of free events accompanies this exhibition.

Printmaking Workshop
Saturday 5 August, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Come along to this FREE print-making workshop, inspired by old photographs and maps from the archives. Led by artist Virginia Hawke, this workshop is aimed at adults and young people aged 12 years +.
Booking is required - please call 0207 364 1290 or email to reserve your place.
This workshop forms part of the events programme for ‘Mapping the Hamlets’, an exhibition of rare and unique historic maps of Tower Hamlets, on display at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives until 21 September 2017.

Talk: Barnett Freedman
Thursday 17 August, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Join David Buckman, author of ‘From ‘Bow to Biennale’ on the East London Group, for this talk focusing on the life and work of artist Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Born in Stepney to a poor Jewish family, Freedman is chiefly remembered for his lithographs. As a commercial designer, he produced a huge output of work for clients including Ealing Films, Shell-Mex and British Petroleum, the General Post Office and London Transport. The series of forty lithographs by notable artists for Lyons’ teashops was supervised by Barnett, including his famous and beautiful auto-lithographs ‘People’ and ‘The Window Box’. Free, no booking required.

East End History drop-in session
Saturday 19 August 2:00 - 4:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Are you interested in East End history? If so, come along to the archives where you’ll have the chance to explore a range of photographs, maps, newspapers and archive material from our collections. The session is FREE and no booking is required – just drop in anytime between 2-4 pm. Refreshments provided.

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.


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