workhouse to our house exhibition
Shuffle were awarded Heritage Lottery funding to curate and produce this exhibition. We worked together with Mile End Films and Queen Mary University, who produced the evening events. The exhibition ran from Feb 22 - 28, 2014.
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.
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.