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Newham Libraries and Newham Bookshop present our fantastic final event for Newham Heritage Month. Onjali answers questions from Park Primary school children about her life as an author and aid...

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June 2020

To accompany the discussion with Suresh Singh there are a selection of images to view in this short film courtesy of Spitalfields Life Books; the author; recipes by Jagir Kaur...

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June 2020

During Newham Heritage Month, members of the congregation of Emmanuel Church share their thoughts on the importance of the church in making a home in Newham.

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Newham Monitoring Project

To give context to East End Women’s Museum’s talk with activist Gulshun Rehman, Gulshun has selected this film to give a sense of Newham in the 1980s and our rich...

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31/10/2013

I was born, brought up and educated in Newham, but until recently I had no idea that my family’s connections with the borough go back more than 100 years. During...

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1917

An exploration in Virtual Reality of the industrial history of the Lower Lea Valley and Olympic Park, and the impact this had on the environment and the conditions for those...

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June 2020

  A training resource developed for Heritage Month by UCL Special Collections Head of Outreach Vicky Price. This informative video has been made for people who are new to research...

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May 2020

A step-by step visual guide introducing you to home research into your family tree by author and historian Dr Kathleen Chater. From visiting your local archive to researching more obscure...

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Mani Kohli set up her first fashion store, Khubsoorat Collection in Plashet Grove, off Green Street in Newham in 1985 and later moved to her flagship store on 104 Green...

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PureJewels

Jayant Raniga comes from over nine generations of jewellery makers.  His Grandfather Bhanji Gokaldas and sons Ramnik, Dinesh and Harish established east London’s first Asian owned jewellery showroom and workshop...

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Neelams Hair and Beauty

Neelam Modi was one of the first people to establish a hair and beauty salon on Green street. Her successful salon, Neelams Hair and Beauty has been in Green street...

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Based in Canning Town, Ambition Aspire Achieve provide young people with opportunities to take part in projects inspiring a new generation of heritage enthusiasts.   There are many ways to...

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AAA and Heritage Newham have devised The Covid-19 time capsule sponsored by British Legion Industries and Time Capsules UK.

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June 2020

An exhibition, celebrating the rich history of Canning Town through folk dancing and girls’ school stories, researched by Dr Ju Gosling at Newham Archives and the English Folk Dance and...

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2011
SurgeRuth_GeeseCloseIsland

A composition by sound artist Stephen Shiell: hydrophones and microphones positioned under and over the water bringing you a mix of the Channelsea soundscape.

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21 June 2020
Surge Cooperative Floating Island

‘The Bend in the River is my Home‘ is a series of creative events and workshops, bringing Surge Cooperatives unique vision to others, combining the artistic and the environmental worlds with...

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21 June 2020

Eastside Community Heritage has worked with over 15000 individuals, 900 organisations, produced 85 exhibitions, published 16 books, 30 video documentaries and undertaken a total of over 300 community heritage based...

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1998

Eastside Community Heritage presents one of their early projects from 1999.  Green Street Lives aimed to record, preserve and document voices of people who had come to Newham and made...

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1999

One of Eastside Community Heritage first projects was a collection of oral histories and a publication about St Mary Magdalene, East Ham The publication, with a collection of stories from...

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1998

You can hear four dramatised stories from key locations and moments in Newham’s recent history; The Seaman’s Mission in Custom House, Bruner Works, Silvertown and The Old Spotted Dog all...

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June 2020

A retrospective of images from Carpenters Estate Memories Facebook Group dating from 1950’s.   Images in this record are provided with kind permission from the Facebook members and administrator Vanessa...

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1971

The merging of two philanthropic organisations with a shared vision for east London communities. The Carpenters and Docklands Centre developed from Carpenters Institute, which was originally established in the 1920’s...

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May 2020

Writing and archive photography relating to the history of Carpenters Estate.  

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Leaaflet of Carpenters Call out

We came up with ‘Carpenters Call Out’ as a progression of work we were already doing on Carpenters Estate when Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March 2020. This project is...

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June 2020
Mr Wan, Chan's restaurant

Peter Wan came to the UK in 1959 and worked in several Chinese restaurants, including the Chan’s Restaurant in Manor Park. In 1970 he took over the Chan’s Restaurant from...

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Mr Wan, Chan's restaurant

關於此記錄 彼得·溫於1959年來到英國,曾在幾家中餐廳工作,包括莊園公園(Manor Park)的陳氏餐廳。 1970年,他從前老闆陳先生手中接管了陳氏餐廳。陳氏是於1941年在紐咸開設了這第一家中餐廳。陳氏餐廳至今仍是一家家族企業,是社區結構的一部分,在紐咸已經七十九年了。 溫先生還是紐咸華人協會的名譽主席之一,在支持社區方面發揮著積極作用。

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Newham Chinese Association

Mr Yau speaks about moving to the UK from Hong Kong and the problems he faced and about starting a family and setting up a takeaway business.  He later speaks...

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Newham Chinese Association

關於此記錄 丘先生談到了他從香港移民到到英國的經歷以及他所面臨的問題,並談到了建立家庭和開展外賣業務。後來他也談到了紐咸華人協會對社區的重要性, 他如何參與協會以及對紐咸未來的希望。

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Newham Rights Centre was set up in the early 1970s set up on the Romford Road part of a national movement to set up law centres to provide accessible legal...

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1973
Bushra Nasir

Bushra Nasir became one of the UK’s first female Muslim Headteachers of a state secondary school in 1993 when she became head of Plashet School for Girls in Newham. Bushra...

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Iroko Theatre Company

Alex Oma-Pius tells us about IROKO Theatre Company which he set up in 1996 and how he found a home in Newham in 1997. Alex speaks about the talking drum...

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Tony Cheeseman, Newham Black Performing and Visual Arts Workshop.

Newham Black Performing and Visual Arts Workshop was set up in 1980 by Tony Cheeseman (1944-2009) and others to support the education, development and promotion of Black Arts in London....

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Eric Samuel, CFE ©ExCeL London

Eric Samuel MBE talks to us about Community Food Enterprise (CFE), a social enterprise food business which established in 2002 to alleviate food poverty. By 2008, CFE had developed a network of...

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Comfort Okolo, Sickle cell

We talk to Comfort Okolo who worked at The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Newham from when it was first formed in 1987. Comfort worked at the centre supporting...

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Black and white photo of family standing in front of prefabricated houses in Wansted Flats, East London

Newham Heritage Month volunteer Peter Williams, gives a personal account of his interest in the history of “prefabs” (pre-fabricated, temporary housing) in Newham.  Peter previously worked as a housing officer...

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May 2020
House Mill, Pattern Store

A series of three short films will take you to hidden parts of the House Mill, a Grade I-listed, eighteenth-century mill and the largest surviving tidal mill in the world....

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The importance of music in our lives seems even more important at the moment. In this film, members of Newham Superchoir have shared some of their memories of the influence...

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Map with a walking route of Newham with sites marked significant in artist Madge Gill's life and eventual death

By the time the mysterious and enigmatic Madge Gill (1882-1961) made her home in Newham aged 40, her disjointed and eventful life had paved the way for her to begin...

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1961
Colourful abstract drawing, yellow star and geometric meticulous pen and ink filling whole page

This film is an interview with Madge Gill’s second cousin, Betty Newman, who was born in Mitcham, Surrey in 1934. Her mother Betty (née Gatenby) often took her and her...

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23/04/2019
Colour photo of basket containing coloured petals, leaves and onion skin ingredients for art workshop

“If I had been a man I would have gone abroad & studied Botany, Himalayan rare flowers”    (Madge Gill) Contemporary artist Lola Lely has devised a bundle dyeing workshop...

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June 2020

Mark Gorman, local historian and volunteer, gives some background and context to Newham Heritage Month’s online festival.  

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June 2020

Applecart Arts have produced a colourful family art resource to encourage families to share their experience of travelling and settling and to celebrate the lives of the people they care...

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May 2020
Image of Matt Martin, poet researcher and walk leader from Birkbeck

Welcome to your virtual guided walk of Silvertown and Royal Docks by poet and researcher from Birkbeck, University of London, Matt Martin. You have three films of walks in the...

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June 2020
Singer Gouri Choudhury smiling and singing to camera

From our home to yours… An interactive music teaching video featuring a traditional Bengali song brought to you by Gouri Choudhury, a professional singer and music teacher who shares her...

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May 2020
Music teacher smiling at camera

From our home to yours… An interactive music teaching video featuring a traditional folk song from America, taught to you by a professional music teacher.  Including updated lyrics for the...

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Early 20th Century (America)
Music teacher singing at camera with hand extended

From our home to yours… An interactive music teaching video featuring a traditional Jamaican song brought by the teacher’s parents who were part of the Windrush Generation.  Taught to you...

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May 2020
Orly Orbach - Shpresa_dancer 2

Shpresa supports and advocates for the large Albanian community in Newham. For Newham Heritage Month, Shpresa explores the heritage items many Albanians bought with them to the UK to both...

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Cusine_dish_2

A selection of photos and two more recipes of traditional Albanian dishes.

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May 2020
Orly Orbach -Shpresa_Cot

A selection of traditional Albanian lullabies passed down to younger generations.

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May 2020
Ciftelia - Shpresa

Music is an important element of Albanian culture, and many people bought instruments with them to continue playing traditional music, passing on this heritage to younger generations.

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Orly Orbach_Shpresa_dancer 2

A detailed history of how the Shpresa Programme came to exist, and help make a home for the Albanian speaking community in Newham.

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11 March 2003
ShpresaLanguage

An exploration of the Albanian language, amongst one of the oldest in Europe, which is cherished amongst the Albanian community in Newham.

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28 November 2012
Memories of post-war Newham

Harrington ‘Harry’ Cumberbatch MBE shares his memories of moving from Barbados to post-war Newham.

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Eva Headley

Eva was 11 when the war began. She shares her memories of the start of the Blitz in September 1940, being evacuated to Somerset, wartime rationing and the VE Day...

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Auberon Street VE Day party

Roy was a young boy living near the Docks when the Blitz started. He shares his memories air raids, Anderson shelters and VE Day street parties.

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It’s over! A spontaneous celebration remembered by Iris, Joyce, Rita, Lou and Jean at Major Road Community Centre the women who have lived in Stratford all their lives and remember...

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Keith was born whilst his mother was evacuated to Oxford in 1941 but returned to live in Stratford for his whole life and remembers the excitement of children at the...

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Bernard Ball was born in 1935 in Forest Gate maternity hospital lived all his life in Forest Gate his brief memory of a bonfire that left lasting damage to the...

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Derek Calder lived all his life in St George’s Road just off Green Street born in 1921 but after spending 10 months in Aldersbrook Memorial Hospital in East Ham, Derek...

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Beryl Riches

Beryl Riches, was born during the Second World War whilst her mother was evacuated from Plaistow but returned to the area working at Selwyn Primary School for many years As...

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A parachute bomb in residential street

Here’s the surprising story from 79 years ago straight from the marvellous memory of one of the area’s oldest inhabitants, 94 year-old Joan Plant. This story, gathered by journalist Colin...

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Shandy story newspaper clipping

A VE Day memory that revealed so much about life in a few sentences came in a letter sent to the Newham Recorder 50 years ago in May 1970. The...

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7 May 1970
Story of a returning soldier

One of the most amazing local stories from VE Day in 1945 was revealed 50 years ago in a letter from an ex serviceman. Colin Johnson lived in Winsor Terrace,...

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14 May 1970