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The East End in Colour 1960-1980 Exhibition

Saturday 3 February, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Saturday 5 May, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is currently displaying an extensive selection of David Granick’s colour slides in collaboration with east-end publisher, Hoxton Mini Press in a free exhibition curated by Chris Dorley-Brown.

About David Granick

David Granick lived and died in Stepney. A keen photographer and member of the East London History Society he gave lectures on various local history themes illustrated with images taken by himself or his fellow members of the Stepney Camera Club. On his death in 1980, his Kodachrome slides were deposited at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) – the Victorian public library  five minutes’ walk from his home – where they have been securely preserved ever since.

The Work

A few years ago, volunteers began to gradually scan the slide collections held at THLHLA, and a few were posted on social media. Local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown immediately recognised the special quality of those taken by David Granick and expressed a wish to digitise them all himself in a higher quality, removing dust and scratches.  Details of his process are described in the introduction to the book, published by Hoxton Mini Press.

Events programme

Portrait of East London
Thursday 1 March, 6:15 – 7:45pm

Two short documentary films hosted by Bea Moyes: “Portrait of Queenie” (1964) and “The More We Are Together” (1958) are documentaries filmed in Poplar and Bethnal Green respectively, providing a fascinating glimpse into the ordinary lives of East Enders during the period illustrated the exhibition.

Sparrows Can’t Sing (1963)
Thursday 22 March, 6:00pm

Film Screening at Tower Hamlets Local History and Archives. We are delighted to host a rare showing of this iconic feature film shor in and around Stepney, with an introduction and Q&A session with Chris Dorley-Brown. If you’re travelling to see the exhibition, why not make a day of it and absorb yourself in the sights and sounds of Granick’s East End!

East End life through the lens of the camera: From one World War to another
Saturday 7 April, 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Talk: Historian Danny Wells will examine life and culture in the East End of London as captured on camera from World War 1 to the early 1950’s. Yet another tumultuous period for the area, rocked by events of national and international significance. Danny lets the camera tells its tale.

BFI National Archive: ‘Just One Kid’ (1974)
Thursday 12 April, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Film screening: A highlight of the BFI’s Jewish Britain on Film project, this moving drama-documentary follows Jewish tailor-turned-actor Alfred Maron, once a resident of London’s East End, as he reminisces about his childhood in the 1930s and the rapidly changing neighbourhood. Presented by BFI curator Simon McCallum.

In Granick’s footsteps
Sunday 15 April,
 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Guided Walk: Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will visit some of the sites in Stepney photographed by Granick in the 1960s and 1970s and examine the themes of continuity and change, with the aid of copies of Granick’s photos and contemporary maps. This event is free of charge but booking is essential due to limited capacity – email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 1290 to book your place.

Images of the East End
Thursday 26 April, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Talk: There are over 40,000 photographs in our collections. Tower Hamlets Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will explain the background to and scope of the collection in this profusely illustrated talk.

All events are free and held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives with no booking required.


Saturday 3 February, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Saturday 5 May, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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