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Age Exchange is the UK’s leading reminiscence arts charity, committed to raising the profile of older people in society through wide ranging reminiscence arts, health and education projects. In January 2006 the charity began working with care settings in Tower Hamlets and Newham. Newly trained East End project workers ran reminiscence sessions for older people on a range of themes. These can be seen as the headings to each of web pages. At the same time posters encouraging the wider East End public to support the project with their own family memories, were put up in hospitals, surgeries, pubs and community centres. As well as group reminiscence sessions in care settings there have been 51 recorded individual interviews. Many of these formed the heart of a touring exhibition. The project aimed to give many people who have not considered their life experience important the opportunity to have their say and to pass on their evocative and powerful memories of East End life to future generations. As such, the exhibition and learning website have not attempted to imitate textbook histories of the East End, but to try and create a sense of the sights, sounds, and experience of the place, through hearing from the people who lived there.

We are delighted that as we enter the final stage of the project, participants are now working with Age Exchange on a programme of reminiscence workshops for schools.  The reminiscence interviews and project archive will be given to local libraries and museums for the education of future generations of Londoners. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part.

David Savill
Director of Arts & Education
Age Exchange


Interviewees:

Rose Bennett/ Ernie Bevington/ Mrs. Bharti/ Navjeet Bharti/ Walter Broom/ Linda Bragg/ Aldo Caira/ Vera Caley/ Irene Carter/ Bertha Cohen/ Jeanette Darrell/ Marion Davies/ Violet Davis/ Wilmina Denys/ Frances Donahue/ Bert Featherstone/ Jean Featherstone/ Bill Ferguson/ Tony Fisher/ Ted  Fremaux/ Albert Garrett/ Agnes Harvey/ Cyril Hiller/ Dorothy Howes/ Hilda Kennedy/ Norman Leach/ Gloria Lacey/ Max Levitas/ Jack Martin a.k.a. Kid Nitram/ Miriam McLeod/ Mack Mascarenhas/ Mick Miller/ Shaun Mooney/ Lil Murley/ Lil Murrell/ Joyce Newby/ Members of Newham Boxing Club/ Doris Nisbet/ Margaret O’Carroll/ Caroline Patterson/ Emily Pickett/ Florence Rance/ Tabitha Samuel/ Sonia Saunders/ Alice Schreiber/ Lily Sheller/ Stella Smith/ Lotte Tendler/ George Thurgar/ Grace Verlander/ Caroline Wheeler/Members of Young at Art


With thanks to

Participating care settings:

Chadacre Court – Genesis Housing
Island Neighbourhood Project
Lawrence House – Genesis Housing
Rawalpindi House - Newham
Russia Lane Day Centre – Tower Hamlets
Stepney Community Centre - Jewish Care
Sundial Centre – Tower Hamlets
Violet Court – East Thames Housing
Young at Art – Bow Church


Participating libraries and museums:

East Ham Library
Idea Store Bow
Idea Store Whitechapel
Ragged School Museum


Project and production team:

Project workers in care settings and schools - Ravinder Atwal/
Caroline Baker/ Nicola Benge Howard Carter/ Seiwa Cunningham/ Simon Geal/ Malcolm Jones/ Tony McTurk/ Amanda Westbury


Project Director: David Savill
Senior Project Worker: Caroline Baker
Exhibition Design: Studio HB
Website Design and Production: Simon Purins
Film and Sound: Simon Purins, Ivan Riches
Text Editors: Bernie Arigho, Simon Purins, David Savill 
Administration: Suzanne Lockett, Jenni Newnham
Archive & Picture Research: Tony McTurk, Simon Purins
Transcription: Jodie McMonagle, Mary Wright  


Images courtesy of:

Age Exchange/ Epics/ Local History & Archives Library – Tower Hamlets/ Popper Photo/ Project participants/ The Imperial War Museum/ The Island History Trust/ The Museum of London

 

 

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