Mixed race and highlights

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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.


issue 37. Up Your Street

Last listing until January 2015


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Wed 5th Nov  free 10-1pm Rosetta Art Centre (see Thursday)

                            free 12.45-3pm. Fully booked. Up Your Street Community Group at V&A for the Constable exhibition

Thurs 6th Nov free 10-1pm Rosetta Art Centre, West Ham. “Ships In the Night” Oral history training. New participants welcome. Small group


                               free 2-3pm Valence House Museum in Barking. Just drop in for a talk about the museum’s treasures from Dagenham and Barking’s industrial past.

                              free      6.30-7.30pm  Patrick Vernon and Black History Month event. Highly recommended by Up Your Street. Hackney Museum.439

                               free Memorial Church, Barking Road. Last night of “Breaking the Chains” All welcome. Highly commended art exhibition and then at 6-8pm 

Two free stunning performances to close the Breaking the Chains exhibition.

FRON TLINE is a narrative dance piece choreographed by Sara dos Santos of EIC Dance Theatre, inspired by women at high risk of exploitation in Brazil.

SHATTERED LIVES tells the story of a trafficked girl with music and song performed live by soloist Chen Wang and musicians. And it’s the last evening of the Breaking the Chains exhibition.”RAGWORKS knocked up

                     free 6-8.30pm Rosetta Art Centre for a drawing feast as part of The Big Draw.

“This drawing workshop is open to all, whether you are a beginner with a pencil or an expert in detail – come and create! Conceptual artist Jay Louv will be on hand to facilitate, get you to experiment with different forms and give feedback throughout the session.

All materials will be provided for but feel free to bring any sketchbooks or additional materials.

To book a place or for more information contact us at 0207 511 1117 or email info@rosettaarts.org. The event will take place at Rosetta Art Centre, 1 Hamilton Road, E15 3AE.”

Sat 8th Nov        free 12-5pm various activities to be booked at The Floating Cinema. Tours on the waterways at the QEOP to see the art installations and a film show. Go to book at Eventbrite. Be lucky.orbit and stadium Paras

Sun 9th Nov        free 1-4pm Vestry House Museum E17 with Significant Seams  . Craft afternoon. Book at Eventbrite.

Mon 10th Nov free 2-3pm at Valence House Museum

Tues 11th Nov.     free  6-8pm Children’s art and prose about WW1 in the Tower Gallery (no lift) Memorial Church, Barking Road.

Wed 12th and Thurs 13th Nov, free 10-1pm. Last days of heritage archive training with Rosetta Art Centre, West Ham

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