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Eastside Community Heritage

Case-study showing the impact of community archives

Invitation to the launch of Eastside Community Heritage's My roots, Our Heritage project at the Museum of London, 2006
Cover from Eastside Community Heritage CD, 2003
Cover from Face to Face, an Eastside Community Heritage publication of 2004, based on former employees of the Yardley factory in Stratford

Below you can download a detailed case-study of this community archive. The case-study describes the origins, activities and achievements of the archive, and assesses its impact on the local community.

The first two sections of the case-study are reproduced below.

Project summary

Eastside Community Heritage was established as a community history project as part of Newham Museum Service in 1993. It was established as an independent charity in 1997 and in 1999 obtained sufficient funds to employ permanent staff. At the same time (1999) it began its own oral history and copy visual collection, and this received a boost in 2000 with the grant of NOF funds for digital access via a website and preservation. It has since been active in a wide range of community projects to record and promote local history, linked to wider social objectives in East London and other boroughs in the Thames gateway area.

For further background, download the case-study.

What does this project exemplify?

  • The collections comprise a significant resource for popular 20th century history in East London
  • Publishing activity – books, videos, CDs arising from a wide range of activity with community groups, youth groups, faith- based groups etc.
  • Work on diversity, including bringing different minority andfaith groups together, and promotion of use of archives, local studies libraries and museums to groups who do not
    normally use these services.
  • Funding drawn from a wide range of bodies.
  • Good on partnership working – both in formal structures and informally with local groups

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