Ellie Burkett

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Individual

Ellie Burkett is a visual artist working from Old Manor Park Library. Initially trained in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Ellie’s work uses layering, patching and stitching to symbolise memory and meaning, and research to uncover connections linking the past to the present.

Following research on an inscription in All Saints Church, Forest Gate, Ellie uncovered stories of Newham and South Asian sailors working on steam powered liners in the 1900s.

Supported by fellow textile enthusiast, Shofa Miah, who has acted as a consultant along with a group of other Bangladeshi women, embroideries which have made the journey from Bangladesh to Newham will be introduced and techniques learned through a series of practical workshops.
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Ellie Burkett's Records
Royal Victoria Docks
1915

The SS Persia, one of P&O’s most luxurious passenger liners of the time left Tilbury docks and steamed down the Thames en route to India on 18 December 1915. She...

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April 2021

Across Seven Seas and Thirteen Rivers tells the life stories of Sylhetti settlers outlining the seafaring tradition from which they came. It seems likely that many of the Bengali speaking...

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Forest Gate London
1915

A memorial at Tower Hill, London, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, commemorates the men and women of the merchant ships, including the crew of Persia, who died in both World...

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Royal Victoria Docks

According to P&O records Asian sailors made up almost three quarters of the crew on the SS Persia, 81 European and 236 Asian crew members are listed. They would have...

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Ellie Burkett's Events
Saturday 15 May 3 - 5pm

Designs That Travel - a chance for adults to learn embroidery skills shaped by the hand-stitched textiles of Bangladesh FULL DETAILS +

  • Free
  • Adults
Open Captioning Event
Sunday 16 May 2-4pm

Designs That Travel - a chance for adults to learn embroidery skills shaped by the hand-stitched textiles of Bangladesh FULL DETAILS +

  • Free
  • Adults
Open Captioning Event
Sunday 23 May 3-5pm

Learn embroidery skills shaped by the hand-stitched textiles of Bangladesh. The workshop will take place in person at West Ham Park's Bandstand. FULL DETAILS +

  • Free
  • Adults

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