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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


West India Docks 1956

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1956. Women workers at the PLA Canteen , West India Docks. They prepared meals for PLA staff and ran a mobile canteen. Includes: Sue Hawkins, Ethel Thomson, and Mrs Jarvis. In the background is the upper part of the Salvation Army Hostel in Garford Street.