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Our inspired Schools and Community Learning programme delivers a range of workshops and projects using the unique and fascinating collections found within our world-renowned Bishopsgate Library. Our workshops are suitable for learners of all ages and are used by wide variety of audiences from primary school pupils to pensioners.

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Culture and arts, heritage and history, ideas and independent thought all come together in our exciting events programmes. You can enjoy talks, walks, discussions and debates, or one of the many concerts that take place throughout the year.

Our regular blogs will give an added insight and perspective into our dynamic programme with content from speakers at our events.


Situated in a Grade II* listed building, Bishopsgate Library’s beautiful reading room is a peaceful place to study that is open to all; a calm oasis amid the bustle of Spitalfields and the City. In our dedicated Researchers’ Area, you can consult our renowned printed and archival collections on London, labour, freethought and Humanism, co-operation, or protesting and campaigning.

Our regular blogs will provide a new way for you to engage with the library collections and services, new acquisitions, activities and future developments.


Our comprehensive range of short courses offer you the opportunity to discover, discuss and be inspired in a welcoming environment. Our courses are conveniently designed to take place throughout the day, including lunchtimes, after work and at weekends. We have five course strands, Arts and Culture, Words and Ideas, Languages, Performing Arts and Body & Exercise to choose from.

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Q&A with the WI

by Schools and Community on 19 / 04 / 2013

The Women’s Institute uncover questions and find the answers in our archives

EE WI members explore the archives

Over the last seven months a small but energetic, eager and committed group of women from the East End Women’s Institutehave been rummaging through our archives. This exploration of our treasure trove of archives came about as a result of attending three of our community learning workshops

Quiz booklet coverWith the passion for learning and sharing ignited, the group decided that they wanted to continue exploring our archives and share the curious facts and miscellanea uncovered. The results of their exploration have resulted in the Tower Hamlets Miscellany Quiz. Independent and team-based research, primarily relating to the group’s neighbourhood of Tower Hamlets, has created a booklet of 30 questions ranging from "Where in Tower Hamlets was the Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I" to "When did Tubby Isaacs’ stall in Whitechapel open?"

This is just a sneak preview of the questions in the booklet, which will be launched in October at a quiz night for the East End WI. Afterwards, the East End WI will share the quiz through its website, and copies of the booklet will be distributed to a range of groups such as historical societies, community and educational groups.

Colleen Bowen, Chair of East End Women’s Institute, said that not only was the project a great opportunity to examine archived documents and hear other women’s experiences of the East End, but also reflected the East End WI's ambition is to have fun, learn, share new skills and be creative.

Please click on the links if you or your group are interested in either our community learning programme or working in depth with us.

About the East End Women’s Institute

The East End Women’s Institute welcomes all women to share, learn and enjoy good company. It is a member of the National Federation of Women's Institute's, which plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

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Paul Hallam
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