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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


Photograph taken on July 28th, 1921 in Island Gardens, London E14. The occasion was a children’s entertainment, provided by the Lord Mayor’s Sunshine Fund, and attended by Princess Mary (only daughter of George V and Queen Mary). She went to similar events on the same afternoon at Kensington Gardens and Vistoria Park.The boy in the photo is remembered as “a scamp” and a much-loved local character. Princess Mary was born in 1897. In 1922 she married the 6th Earl of Harewood. Donated by Jill Fordham