|All photos by Lucy Schofield|
The People’s Panorama is an ambitious project to create a community heritage resource recording and documenting the six-kilometre stretch of road from Aldgate to Stratford in East London. The project will celebrate the High Street at this historic point in its development and act as a record of the route from central London to the 2012 Olympic Park.
Friday, 27 July 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
|Illustrations created and owned by Judit Ferencz|
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
Saturday 26th May 2012
The Building Exploratory is hosting a market stall at the Idea Store Whitechapel to celebrate the architectural heritage of this historic high street. Our team of experts will be on hand to talk to you about its buildings and introduce you to our vote for the peoples’ favourite building.
Come and take part in activities that will inspire you to look more closely at the 600 buildings and their architectural features.
Take photographs of building details using your mobile phone for our project gallery.
Guided tours exploring the high street’s buildings and public spaces, take place at 12 noon and 2pm, beginning at the market stall.
Vote for your favourite building from our 16 “People’s Favourites”.
The event is part of the Building Exploratory’s Panorama High Street 2012 initiative, an ambitious project creating a photographic panorama of the high street and documenting the six-kilometre route from Aldgate to the Olympic Park. We hope to meet local residents, shoppers and visitors to the high street and listen to their opinions and experiences of this remarkable London thoroughfare.
Join us at the market stall, at the Idea Store Whitechapel on 26 May, and again on 23 June, between 10am and 4pm.
Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1BU
|The Idea Store, Whitechapel. Photo by Jon Spencer|
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
|No. 1 Bow Road|
Photo by Jon Spencer
With this in mind I settled into Tower Hamlets Archives. With 80 years worth of Post Office Directories at my disposal I was sure I could come up with some interesting histories of these terraces. The Directories (or Kelly’s Directories, the name under which they were published) are a fascinating series of volumes dating back to the early 1800s which among other things attempt to list every inhabitant or workplace at every address in London.
It is also interesting to see that most of the names of inhabitants throughout the 1800s seem to be of English descent but in the first half of the 20th century a number of other ethnicities seem to crop up, especially those of Eastern European descent. This helps to paint an interesting picture of the Mile End Road in relation to events in Europe and the world at the time.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
|Queen Mary University Administrative Building. |
Photo by Jon Spencer
One architectural wonder is the Humanities Building designed by Wilkinson Eyre. These architects teamed up with artist, Jacqueline Poncelet, to produce a blue, book motif decorated facade. This book-themed pattern acts as a symbol for the collecting, sharing and increase of knowledge. And the Humanities department remembers the important matter of sustainability by incorporating ground source heat pumps into their design in order to create renewable energy.
But by far the most beautiful piece of architecture at Queen Mary’s is the Octagon Library, part of the main Queens Building, a magnificent Victorian three-tiered hall with an elegant, cross-vaulted ceiling. Its eight walls are furnished with Neo-Grecian iron galleries. Gleaming, golden busts of literature’s finest writers peer down from their columns from Chaucer, to Shakespeare, to Byron. From the very beginning women held key positions at the library which was rather unexpected in the Victorian era, such women were Constance Black and Minnie James.
There are so many interesting features of Queen Mary University and I am looking forward to exploring more…
Friday, 16 March 2012
|Black Lion Yard, 1961. Photographer unknown|
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
|Photo by Jon Spencer|
Although I have gathered a lot of information I still think there is more to it, one more week to discover the wonders of Whitechapel High Street.'
Friday, 10 February 2012
I began my archives research this week and it became really interesting. I began to get a sense of the area. There used to be lots of shops of bygone trades - a chandlers, an eel stew shop, a clog maker, harness maker and so on. Also I found that at one time there was a music hall - The Eastern Empire Music Hall then renamed the Bow Palace Music Hall.
The trades that seemed almost guaranteed survival were the funeral directors and the public houses! Within a short distance there was the Bow Bells, which still exists complete with a reported ghost in the ladies toilet, Bird in Hand, Black Swan, Three Cups, White Horse and the Bombay Grab. Six pubs, a music hall and a cinema all in a short distance and only on one side of the road! It shows that it must have been a lively area.
I look forward to continuing my research and learning more.
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
The road is 6km long with approximately 600 distinctive buildings along it, so we are delighted to have a team of such dedicated volunteers to undertake this ambitious task. In carrying out their research, the volunteers will become the experts on High Street 2012, uncovering its history and hidden stories.
The team of volunteers will also contribute to the other exciting learning programmes that are part of the project. These will include an adults learning programme, a schools programme and a lifelong learning programme.
The team of volunteers will be adventuring out onto High Street 2012 on 4th February, to start their research. Keep an eye on this blog for updates of what the volunteers discover!