By Sarah Jackson
East London has an incredibly rich history and women were part of all it, as workers, artists, athletes, carers, pioneers, activists, rogues, writers, rebels, you name it. However, their voices are seldom heard.
We believe that stories from the past can make us rethink our present and inspire us to change it. That’s why we are creating a museum which will research, record, and represent women’s histories from the East End.
We want to work with women and girls across east London to tell the stories that matter to them, providing a resource for the community and historians for years to come. Over the last year we’ve helped to develop two joint exhibitions — with Eastside Community Heritage and the East End Women’s Collective — and began working on a third with Hackney Museum. We also organised a sell out “East End Women Take Action” history event for local feminist activists, and we ran a pilot schools workshop with 70 Year Seven students in Hackney.
If you’d like to get updates about the project by email, and information about how to get involved please join our email list at http://www.eastendwomensmuseum.org.