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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


Tom Waters, (1904-1960) of Newcastle Street, Isle of Dogs. When the Second World War began in 1939, Tom was working in the docks, which was a”reserved”occupation. Because of the Blitz on London, Tom’s wife and children were evacuated to Langley,in Buckinghamshire. Tom moved to be with them and found a job with “His Master’s Voice”, at Hayes. He was then called up into the Army and served as a gunner, manning what was at the time a new rocket type battery in the Royal Artillery. When the war was over, Tom went back to work in the West India Docks and lived with his family at Dagenham, Essex. Donated by Ron Waters