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East End Memory Project

Situated in the Eastbury Ward of Barking, East London, this community oral history project focuses on documenting the stories and memories of older local residents. The aim is to promote intergenerational learning, as well as to preserve, record and share the personal experiences of the area from the early to late 20th century for future generations. 

Eastbury Ward has a rich and diverse cultural heritage that needs to be celebrated before it is lost, with the area change from Essex countryside to a London suburb in last 100 years.

Sessions are based around photos, memory and sharing. The audio recordings will be combined with that from one to one interviews, and woven into a narrative based around six place related themes. The project also incorporates oral history training with the British Library. All collected audio will be preserved to in the Tower Hamlets local history archive.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the first phase of the project completed in November 2018, with the second phase currently in progress. An exhibition about the project will open in July 2019.

Syrup Projects in collaboration with Positive Change Consultancy.

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