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What's On

The Women's Hall
Wednesday 30 May - Saturday 20 October
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
This year marks 100 years since some women first won the right to vote, and we're marking it with a major exhibition about Sylvia Pankhurst's radical East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS) and a programme of events inspired by their work in the East End during the First World War.

Our exhibition hall has been transformed into an immersive space evoking the headquarters of the ELFS, which was known as The Women's Hall. Learn about the East London suffragettes' campaign for the vote and their battles with the police and government. Find out why they were thrown out of the Women's Social and Political Union, and discover the astonishing story of their wartime relief work.

Alongside the exhibition we're running an exciting programme of free talks, guided walk and film screenings including a strand curated by local Somali cultural organisation Numbi Arts.

The exhibition is free of charge. The first few events we have scheduled to tie in with this exhibition are listed here. Please keep an eye on our social media, website and future issues of this newsletter for more events to be added soon.


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 19 May 2018, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saturday 21 July 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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