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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.

How do I obtain a copy of an image?

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



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Island History Trust Image Collection


Joy Towler, aged 4, on the beach at Margate in 1954, with her aunt, Ada Murkett (nee Matthews). Ada was sister to Joy’s Mum, Margaret Towler, who was in hospital. Joy, her sister Margaret, her um and her Dad, Les Towler, lived at 71 Galbraith Street and then at Betty May Gray House. Donated by Joy Perez