Mapping the Hamlets
Exhibition and events: 15 April - 23 June 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.
Family History Day
Saturday 17 June, 10.30am-4pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
How are you getting on with that family tree? Want to get some help from experts, or meet up with others tracing their East End ancestry? Come to our free Family History Day where there will be help provided in using online sources such as the census and parish registers. Stalls from East End history groups - including the East of London Family History Society - will be present, as well as a line-up of talks and workshops on different aspects of researching family history. No need to book - just drop in.
Film night: Whitechapel 1968
Thursday 29 June, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
In collaboration with the Survey of London we are delighted to present a screening of two contrasting documentaries featuring Whitechapel, both of which were made in the 'year of revolutions', 1968.
Georgia Brown: Who are the Cockneys Now? is a very personal look by the singer and actress Georgia Brown, returning to her childhood haunts in Whitechapel. She reflects on her own Jewish heritage and that of the area (including the Brady Club) and looks at the changing character of Whitechapel, which she celebrates as a place that has always welcomed immigrants. It features interviews with Lionel Bart, who she went to school with, Vidal Sassoon, the writer Wolf Mankowitz and the legendary Tubby Isaacs, the jellied eel man, and many other locals. There are evocative scenes of Petticoat Lane, Old Montague Street, Whitechapel Road, Black Lion Yard and Hessel Street and the streets just north of Wentworth Street, including her old school in Deal Street, much of which was soon to be demolished for redevelopment.
The London Nobody Knows, filmed in the same apocalyptic year, is described as a 'trippy documentary', presented by the actor James Mason. It is not just about Whitechapel, but includes a major segment about it, an outsider's view in contrast to Georgia Brown's.
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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.
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 30 May, 11.30am-1.30pm
Tuesday 27 June, 11.30am-1.30pm