Bussed out yesterday having done a session at Eastside Community Heritage all about interviewing for oral history archives. Any course by Eastside is organised and worth it.
On then towards Upminster for Valence House Museum. Hmm. Cheap hot chocolate £1.Ticked that off our lists. The people of Becontree (so that’s how you spell it!) are as friendly as pie. Proper chatty east enders.
Back then to the best museum for miles, Hackney Museum, where young Patrick Vernon was ruminating about Slave Routes and his adventures in Kenya to follow the route of the slaves from east Africa. The time slot was too thin. It was a rushed affair. We sat enveloped by beautiful NHS nurses smiling in their photographs. The Hackney Museum always has great temporary exhibitions and of course magnificent permanent ones. The welcome is warm for one and all.
I knew Patrick from way back when as a participant in his Routes project at Pages in Clapton and at Hackney Museum. I love words of passion shared.
Canning Town has been in my head since joining the Eastside Community Heritage and researching about shipbuilding in east London back in the day. I was always curious about the Mixed Race population of Canning Town in 1933 as an acquaintance of mine was born there in 1933. We had her all lined up to be interviewed a couple of years ago but the funding for another reminiscence project never came through. Now there’s NDP in Newham up and running doing its mixed race exhibition from research in the area. Iroko Theatre Company in Stratford had already done and recorded a tribute to the African genes in Canning Town in the thirties. (See what I mean about ‘another reminiscence project’?)
All links in nicely with Up Your Streeters having participated in Dr Massey’s “Tangled Roots” which raises and records the force of the increasing mixed race population in the UK.