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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


Millwall Docks 1960s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Top cargo being loaded onto a ‘Strik' Line ship in the Millwall Docks, 1960s. The load is probably light bulbs. Generally speaking, the stevedores had to load the ship with the heaviest cargo at the bottom and the lighter goods at the top but they also had to take into account the pattern of unloading at the various ports of call - this is why stevedoring was a semi-skilled job. by J. Studd