East End in Focus

17 February 2014

Exhibitions, Industry news

On Saturday 20 April 1912, C. A. Mathew walked out of Liverpool Street station with a camera in hand and started to photograph the streets and people of Spitalfields that he saw around him. The rarely seen images he took that day are the inspiration for a series of East End in Focus events at London's Bishopsgate Institute.

These events explore the intriguing history of the East End, bringing places and characters to life in a series of walks and talks. Hear the memories of those who lived in the deep-rooted Jewish community in Synagogue Stories, get another perspective of the East End in Tales Less Told or unravel the truth behind a notorious East End slum with author Sarah Wise. There’s an opportunity to retrace C. A. Mathew’s footsteps or discover who or what you might have found on the streets of the East End in 1912 using press cuttings, maps, photographs and ephemera from the Institue's archives.

Drawing on oral histories, material from our world-renowned archives and the expertise of historians and guides, East End in Focus shines a light on this fascinating area of London.

If the events inspire you to find out more about the East End and photography the Institute also has a series of photography courses for adults: 

  • Practical Photography for Beginners
  • Tribunes of the People: Eight individuals who Changed the East End
  • Photographing East London
  • Walk and Write: Exploring the Streets of the East End

C. A. Mathew Photographs of Spitalfields a Century ago shows the wonderful photographs that C. A. Mathew took over a hundred years ago in an exhibition of his images at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery. Carefully restored by photographer Jeremy Freedman, these images from Bishopsgate Institute's archives will be on display alongside original archival prints from 7 March-25 April 2014.

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