19 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, 'A true gem of the east end'

We will look at the Huguenots and their silk weaving skills, the Irish, the Jews and the Bengali communities that have all contributed to the textile industry of the area.

One such Bengali was Altab Ali who left his homeland to work in the Whitechapel textile factories. In 1978 he was murdered by racists in the park that now bears his name. This site honours the fight for human rights and equality, commemorated through spoken word.

Silk is produced by silk worms which live on the leaves of the tree after which Mulberry School is named. It represents our hopes and aspirations.

The great Hawksmoor Church, St Anne's of Limehouse. Built for the navy, Queen Anne's coal taxes helped fund this site, with prominent philanthropic women of the past making their mark.

At St Matthias, an East India Company Church with remnants of past seafarers, we look into the plight of Lascars that travelled to this distant land and sought shelter at The Stranger's Home.

The Museum of London, Docklands is where we conclude our exploration of the yesterday, today and tomorrow of Tower Hamlets with film and music.


Thank you to the following people & organisations who helped create this scroll:

Tower Hamlets Council - 'A' Team Arts
Geraldine Bone, Canan Salih and Team working with:
  • 19 Princelet Street - Museum of Immigration
  • St Anne's, Limehouse
  • St Matthias Community Centre
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • UAL Central Saint Martins
Tower Hamlets School:
  • The Mulberry School for Girls
Tower Hamlets Artists:
  • Geraldine Bone
  • Sarbjit Natt
  • Piero d'Angelo
  • Lucrezia Levanti
  • Nowshin Prenon
  • Berni Yates
  • Maria Cuji
  • Bushra Hussain
  • Sindy Nguyen
  • Emily Juteau
With support from the Kinetika Team

Tuesday 9th May workshop images

Ruksana and Geraldine talk about the work of 'A' Team Arts

Charlie De Wet from the Huguenots of Spittlefields

Geraldine Bone, Artistic Director of A Team Arts

Ruksana Begum, Arts Officer for Tower Hamlets

Sarbjit Natt, visual artist specialising in youth arts