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Outreach and Education

During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are welcoming back planned group visits. To keep everyone safe there is reduced onsite capacity. Explore our onsite and virtual events which aim to engage people with the rich history of the East End through our collections. Details are advertised on our social media channels and newsletter.

Our virtual offer includes:

  • An opportunity to help document the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on Tower Hamlets, and contribute to a unique learning resource for future generations. Find out how you can get involved here
  • East End on Film, exclusive screenings of films from our collections followed by discussions. 
  • Virtual East End History Club: Join us for collection inspired brain teasers!
  • Online exhibitions bringing you insightful perspectives into our collections. 
  • Talks on family history, and archive collections. 
  • We continue to grow our schools learning resources, supporting the history curriculum at home.
  • Remote support for our heritage partners who currently engaged in projects with us. 

At Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives we hold a wide range of exhibitions and events which are free of charge. Our unique collections are at the heart of our programme which aims to connect everyone. Our sessions cater to school pupils, East Enders old and new and overseas tourists using raw materials of East End history, which we preserve and collect on behalf of the borough. 

We want to ensure that histories of the people and places of Tower Hamlets are at your fingertips, by designing events and activities which inspire you to explore the multitude of stories which can be revealed in our collections.

If you are a teacher, a student, community group or member of the public and if you have an idea to engage people in the history of Tower Hamlets, we would love to hear from you.

We offer:

  • A popular programme of free exhibitions and events exploring the rich history of Tower Hamlets. You can see our latest exhibitions and events advertised here. 
  • Local history expertise rooted in our unique library and archive collections
  • Curriculum-linked workshops for schools in Tower Hamlets. 
  • Bespoke workshops for organizations or groups wanting to explore collections relating to a specific topic or theme 
  • Exhibition tours tailored to the needs of your group, e.g. students learning English, with a breakout space available after the tour for discussion and reflection
  • Film and audio collections and screening facilities
  • Digital learning resources exploring specific themes
  • Activities onsite take place in our Grade II listed building typically using our original collections
  • Outreach visits, talks and stalls at offsite community gatherings
  • Use of our large, accessible Education Room onsite with capacity for 60 seated theatre style for  for hire 
  • Film and audio collections and screening facilities
  • Digital learning resources exploring specific themes/collections available online
  • Experienced support on request to community groups developing their own heritage projects.

We welcome your radical new approaches to exploring the histories represented by our collections. We are aware of the East End’s historical location at the centre of British imperialism and global trade and we welcome collaborations to explore this. 

Please note, we require at least two months’ notice if you would like to book us to deliver a workshop or tour.
If you would like to engage with Tower Hamlets history please contact us.

Not on the list?

If there is an activity you would like to explore which is not included we’d love to hear from you! The above reflects our current outreach and education offer and we are keen to develop new approaches. So if you are out there and would like to engage with Tower Hamlets history get in touch.