About this Archive
'Women Activists of East London' was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and looked to explore the history of women-led activism in the East London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. It focused on the themes of gender violence, the labour movement, racism, environment and peace movements between 1888 and 2016. The project captured thirty-seven interviews with women activists and published a report, 'Women Activists of East London: A study of radical female history in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest' to accompany the interviews.
The interviewees came from a range of backgrounds and included those who were born in London and those who moved to the city. The activism discussed was diverse, although three main campaigning areas - environmental issues, gender equality and social justice, are recurrent throughout. Most interviews are accompanied by a transcript and photograph of the interviewee.
The project was orchestrated by ShareUK, a community-based organisation established in 2012. The organisation brought together programmers, web developers, writers, photographers and filmmakers to work in partnership with other non-profit organisations. The resulting projects aimed to solve social problems, celebrate communities, and help marginalised groups learn new skills.
Scope and content
Thirty-four interviews with women activists in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest for the project 'Women Activists of East London' led by ShareUK.
37 digital folders.