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Local Exhibitions

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Nov. 14, 2016

In October and November we exhibited our project at local events in Whitechapel, firstly at the Gateway to the World weekend at Wilton's Music hall, and then at the Write Idea Festival at the Idea Store.

The displays generated interest and engagment from attendees, and we hope will lead to more contributions revealing unknown histories.

Here we are at Wilton's in October

And here at the Idea Store in November


Walking Whitechapel

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 20, 2016

Thank you to all of you who came on our first Histories of Whitechapel walk last Saturday, organised through the Whitechapel Gallery. We enjoyed meeting and talking with so many interesting people with diverse associations with the area.

The walk started at the Whitechapel Gallery, crossed over to Altab Ali Park, into St Boniface German RC Church where the priest gave us a fantastic summary of its history, then into the East London Mosque to see the prayer hall and watch the beekeepers tending the hives on the roof, over to the Royal London Hospital before cutting down to Commercial Road, Wellclose Square and finishing at Wilton's Music Hall, stopping at some key buildings en route. 

If you have any ideas for our next walk, or would like to help lead one, please do get in touch


Stories of Whitechapel

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

Date and Time: Friday 25th November, 2016

As part of the Being Human Festival 2016, and in collaboration with Spark London, we are holding a storytelling evening on the 25th November. Ten local people of Whitechapel will participate in a workshop with Spark London, then perform their true stories on the theme of Hope and Fear.

If you have a true story to tell of your life in Whitechapel, please let me know

Keep watching this space for details of the location

For more about the festival

And about Spark

The Royal London's Hoardings

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

The currently vacant Royal London Hospital on Whitechapel Road has a rich history, and a bright future as the Borough's new Civic Hub. We are working with the Tower Hamlets Archives and the Royal London Hospital Archives to create a display along the 200m of blue hoardings along Whitechapel Road. The display will show archival material and tell stories of different aspects of the hospital's history.

Designs are currently being finalised, and we hope to have the panels in place before Christmas. Watch this space, and that space.

History of the East London Mosque

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

We are working alongside the East London Mosque Archives to produce a digital display about the history of the mosque. Material for the display will be taken from the newly catalogued archives of the mosque, and will tell stories of important characters in the history of the institution, as well as its architectural history.

The display will be installed in the foyer of the London Muslim Centre / East London Mosque in the Autumn, and we'll keep you updated on progress.

At Home in Whitechapel

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

We have commissioned local photographer Rehan Jamil to make a series of photographs of people in their homes in Whitechapel. Some of the work he has produced is here, with more to follow. 


Co-producing Research

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

We are keen to collect and share all kinds of research about Whitechapel, and on November 5th we are bringing together people working on their own research projects about the area for an informal, work in progress, research seminar.

If you are researching any aspect of Whitechapel, in whatever media, please get in touch and tell us about it


Write Idea Festival

Posted by Shahed Saleem on Sept. 14, 2016

You can meet us and try out the website at the Write Idea Festival, which is taking place at the Idea Store on the 12-13th November, and where we will have a stall. Come along and tell us about your stories, research and experiences of Whitechapel.

More information and a programme of events at