Discovering archives and oral histories

It’s been a busy fortnight for the Brick Lane 1978 project. Our new team of volunteers visited Tower Hamlets Local History Library&Archives and the Bishopsgate Institute to learn more about researching archives, before diving into an oral history training session. They’ll carry these new skills to the next stage of the project: identifying and interviewing original Brick Lane activists. Here’s how they got on…

Archivist Steph Dickers introduces our volunteers to the collections at the Bishopsgate Institute
Discovering the radical history on our doorstep with Halima Khanom , Heritage Officer at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library&Archives.
Volunteers take part in a workshop on archival research at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library&Archives
Learning oral history interview techniques with Rib Davies from the Oral History Society

Photos by Anser Ullah and volunteers.

And we’re off!

October saw the launch of the Brick Lane 1978 project. The gallery was packed-out with prospective volunteers eager to explore their local history. Against the backdrop of Paul Trevor’s breathtaking photographs, a lively talk with 1978 activists honed in on the importance of the project – all fuelled by scrumptious locally-sourced samosas. 

Student journalists seeking stories at the launch.
1978 activists Dan Jones and Jamal Hasan reconnect.
Original protest banner painted by Dan Jones.
Launch attendees. Their family members were involved in the 1978 protests.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Briggs praises the importance of the project.
Attendees listen to talks by original activists.
Activist Jamal Hasan points to a 1978 photograph by Paul Trevor.
[left to right] Local Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Tower Hamlets Mayor John Briggs, David Rosenberg, Dan Jones and Jamal Hasan.

Photos by Katy Palmer