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Our spring season: East End in Focus

07 January 2014
Our spring season: East End in Focus
Sandys Row, corner of Frying Pan Alley. Photograph by C. A. Mathew, 1912 (London Collection, Bishopsgate Library)

On Saturday April 20th 1912, C. A. Mathew walked out of Liverpool Street station with a camera in hand and started to photograph the streets and people of Spitalfields that he saw around him. The rarely seen images he took that day are the inspiration for our event series East End in Focus.

These events explore the intriguing history of the East End, bringing places and characters to life in a series of walks and talks. Hear the memories of those who lived in the deep-rooted Jewish community in Synagogue Stories, get another perspective of the East End in Tales Less Told or unravel the truth behind a notorious East End slum with author Sarah Wise.

There’s an opportunity to retrace C. A. Mathew’s footsteps or discover who and what were on the streets of Spitalfields back in 1912 using press cuttings, maps, photographs and ephemera from our archives.

Drawing on oral histories, material from our world-renowned archives and the expertise of historians and guides, East End in Focus shines a light on this fascinating area of London.

Exhibition: C. A. Mathew Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago
You can see for yourself the wonderful photographs that C. A. Mathew took over a hundred years ago in an exhibition of his images at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery. Carefully restored by photographer Jeremy Freedman, these images from Bishopsgate Institute's archives will be on display alongside original archival prints from 7 March to 25 April 2014.

Full details of all our events are available to download.

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