The Bow Road workhouse was built in 1849 by the Board Of Guardians of the City Of London Union to house the destitute and infirm. This exhibition looks at the lives of the inmates and staff - what is was like, why it existed and what happened when it changed. It explores the operation of the facility as a Psychiatric Hospital and its closure in 2005.
We celebrate the preservation of the public ownership of this site as an asset to be transferred from the GLA to a Community Foundation, comprised of local stakeholders, who will own the freehold and potentially govern the commercial and community space within the new development. This will create an active street frontage on the bustling Bow Road and a new creative, cultural and community-led public space and heart for Mile End.
Join us as the story continues to unfold… Feb 22 - 28, 2014.
EXPLORE MILE END ON FOOT
Join local enthusiasts and learn about the cultural, historical, literary and natural neighbours of St Clement's.
Learn about some the Cemetery Park's 'permanent' residents. Colourful stories from across time to bring to life the vibrancy of East London.
(Meet at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park , Southern Grove E3 4PX at the Soanes Centre on your right, once entering via the main gates)
SPRING BULB WALKS:
A guided tour of our early flowering spring bulbs. You'll see crocuses, snowflakes, snowdrops, winter aconites and daffodils.
(Meet at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park , Southern Grove E3 4PX at the Soanes Centre - on your right, once entering via the main gates)
WG SEBALD WALKS
With poet Stephen Watts
- SUN 23 FEB: Walk to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
2:30 - 3:30 PM Meet at St Clement’s.
- TUE 25 FEB: Walk from Stepney Green Station to St Clement’s
2.:20 PM (for 2:30 start) - 4.30 PM - Meet at Stepney Green station. Followed by talk on ‘Brief history of the workhouse’. (buy tickets)
- WED 26 FEB: Walk by Torchlight to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park with special guest, Iain Sinclair.
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Meet at St Clement’s.
PRESENTED BY MILE END FILMS
SAT FEB 22: ‘Insanity, Death & Art’ (St Clement’s Documentary) by Athena Mandis. Q+A with Athena Mandis, Claire Days and Judith Garfield.
6:00 - 8:00 PM, £5. (buy tickets)
OPENING NIGHT WORKERS' PARTY: FREE ENTRY RSVP ESSENTIAL - NOW SOLD OUT! details here
SUN FEB 23: (event TBA)
MON FEB 24: The ‘Never Had It’ Generation: Third Year Queen Mary Undergraduate Mitch Harris hosts a debate about today’s young adults.
6:00 - 7.30PM, £5. (CANCELLED)
TUE FEB 25: MILE END SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL - a showcase of international shorts. To be judged by directors Emily Young, Simon Pitts and Berty Cadilhac.
6.30 - 9.30 PM, £5. (buy tickets)
WED FEB 26: The Changing Face of the East End: Special Guest Iain Sinclair joins us for a discussion on the changing face of the East End - focusing on his own work. 7:00 - 8.30 PM, £5. (buy tickets)
THU FEB 27: Amy Proctor (London Metropolitan Archives) gives a presentation about London workhouses. 6:00 - 7:00 PM £4 (buy tickets)
FRI FEB 28: SPEAKY SPOKEY - A music/spoken word cabaret of performers, poets, writers and musicians including Matthew Robins, Hannah Lowe, Cecilia Knapp, Oh Standfast and Colin Grant. Indulge in your favourite Indian cuisine with Spice Monkey.
8:00 - 10:00 PM, £5. (buy tickets)
Shuffle has put a nominal fee on all events to ensure people come to the event they have registered for as we have limited capacity due to the health and safety on site. Please get in contact with us if this is a barrier to your attendance, and we can provide you with free tickets, as we want everyone to be able to come!
The money raised from these events goes directly to some of our favourite projects in the area, including Mile End Films, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End Community Project and local Tour guides. We believe in bringing the best cultural happenings to Mile End and thank you for your support and attendance. We hope you enjoy the exhibition as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.