East London People's Archive (Eastside Community Heritage)

Scope and Content

The East London Peoples Archive, 1995-2007, including over 1000 oral histories collected as part of projects conducted by the Eastside Community Heritage to document the lives of 'ordinary' people in East London on topics including World War Two; women's history; markets; boxing; ethnic groups in East London including Somali and Chinese; food; parks and the hijab. Also including DVDs on East London local history produced by Eastside Community Heritage comprising Eastside voices: from Canning Town to Custom House , 2003; My Roots, Our Heritage , 2006 and Our Brick Lane , 2007. Published books and booklets on East London local history, chiefly published by Eastside Community Heritage including A Working Class War and Hidden Lives: stories from the East End and index to photographs collected as part of projects by Eastside Community Heritage comprising black and white thumbnail reproductions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eastside Community Heritage (ECH) was established in 1993 as part of the Stratford City Challenge community history project. In 1997 ECH became an independent charity. Over the years ECH has worked on numerous projects documenting the lives of 'ordinary' people from and who live in East London. In 1999 ECH established the East London Peoples Archive.


Oral histories are arranged alphabetically by project.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Received Aug 2007

Other Finding Aids

MS Access Database and printed catalogue available in UEL archives reading room.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Oral histories are stored on a digital external hard drive.

Separated Material

Master copies of the photograph collection are held by Eastside Community Heritage.

Conditions Governing Use

Apply to Eastside Community Heritage.

Geographical Names