Virtual Reality Guided walks around Newham

Here East
June 2020

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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 living and working in the area. Four walks in the company of Dr Jim Clifford, Ralph Ward, and producer Atif Ghani of Hyperactive Developments, based in Here East


Walk 1:

The Olympic Park. From Pudding Mill Lane and up the Waterworks River to Mandeville Place, discussing the areas industrial origins, the role of the waterways, and the businesses that became established along them


Walk 2

Lee Navigation. From Old Ford up to Hackney Wick, discussing the origins and importance of the Lee Navigation the past, present and future of the industries which settled alongside, and the notorious problems which flooding, poor drainage  and polluted water quality created for the health of local people


Walk 3
Bow Back Rivers. Along City Mill River, from Bow flyover to the City Mill Lock, discussing the role of the Back Rivers in providing businesses with waterside access, and the significance of early industrial activity to Britains imperial growth including the manufacture of quinine.



Walk 4
Channelsea and Three Mills. From Stratford High St to Three Mills via the Channelsea path to Abbey Mills, and the Channelsea river, a once rural area transformed into an environmental disaster by business development, and raw sewage discharges that only ended in 2017, and is only now beginning to recover

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