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The East End in Colour 1960-1980


David Granick
The East End In Colour 1960-1980

Exhibition
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ
opening hours


3 February – 5 May 2018

This spring we are very pleased to publish a selection of David Granick’s colour slides in collaboration with Hoxton Mini Press and exhibit his work in a free display curated by Chris Dorley-Brown.

David Granick lived and died in Stepney. A keen photographer and member of the East London History Society he gave lectures on various local history themes illustrated with images taken by himself or his fellow members of the Stepney Camera Club. On his death in 1980, his Kodachrome slides were deposited at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) – the Victorian public library  five minutes’ walk from his home - where they have been securely preserved ever since.

A few years ago, volunteers began gradually scan the slide collections held at THLHLA, and a few were posted on social media. Local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown immediately recognised the special quality of those taken by David Granick and expressed a wish to digitise them all himself in a higher quality, removing dust and scratches.  Details of his process are described in the introduction to the book.

We are very grateful to Chris for his diligent voluntary work in bringing these images to a wider audience. He has now curated an exhibition of the slides here at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives to coincide with their publication.

Events programme

Exhibition launch
Thursday 8 February, 6:15 - 7:45pm

Photographer and exhibition curator Chris Dorley-Brown will discuss the work of David Granick which he has digitised and researched.
ALSO, weeks before its main release on 22 February, visit the exhibition to purchase the book from us directly for the discounted price of £15!

Portrait of East London
Thursday 1 March, 6:15 - 7:45pm

Two short documentary films hosted by Bea Moyes: “Portrait of Queenie” (1964) and “The More We Are Together” (1958) are documentaries filmed in Poplar and Bethnal Green respectively, providing a fascinating glimpse into the ordinary lives of East Enders during the period illustrated the exhibition.

Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)
Thursday 22 March, 6:00pm

Film Screening at Tower Hamlets Local History and Archives. We are delighted to host a rare showing of this iconic feature film shot in and around Stepney, with an introduction and Q&A session with Chris Dorley-Brown. If you're travelling to see the exhibition, why not make a day of it and absorb yourself in the sights and sounds of Granick's East End!

East End life through the lens of the camera: From one World War to another
Saturday 7 April, 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Talk: Historian Danny Wells will examine life and culture in the East End of London as captured on camera from World War 1 to the early 1950’s. Yet another tumultuous period for the area, rocked by events of national and international significance. Danny lets the camera tells its tale.

BFI National Archive: ‘Just One Kid’ (1974)
Thursday 12 April, 6:30 - 7:45pm

Film screening: A highlight of the BFI’s Jewish Britain on Film project, this moving drama-documentary follows Jewish tailor-turned-actor Alfred Maron, once a resident of London’s East End, as he reminisces about his childhood in the 1930s and the rapidly changing neighbourhood. Presented by BFI curator Simon McCallum.

In Granick’s footsteps
Sunday 15 April, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
This event is now fully booked.

Guided Walk: Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will visit some of the sites in Stepney photographed by Granick in the 1960s and 1970s and examine the themes of continuity and change, with the aid of copies of Granick’s photos and contemporary maps.

Images of the East End
Thursday 26 April, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Talk: There are over 40,000 photographs in our collections. Tower Hamlets Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will explain the background to and scope of the collection in this profusely illustrated talk.

All events are free and held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives with no booking required.