Vintage photo of hair by Rosemary and neighbouring shops

New photo exhibition encourages people to discover their high street

‘There has been, rightfully, a lot of focus on supporting local businesses during the pandemic. And I realised that more people were discovering what’s in their local area over lockdown as well as they were exploring their neighbourhoods more now.’

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New mural of Clara Grant pays tribute to Bow’s history of social pioneers

‘I picked the inside of the Mary le Bow church because the Bow Bells are the iconic association with this area. And when I started researching historical people that we could include, I wanted to find someone who helped alleviate poverty because that’s what so much of the local history of this area is about.’

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Owner Natasha Sayliss outside Mae + Harvery cafe on Roman Road

Double the size, just as good: Mae + Harvey’s owner on their new expansion

Despite the wider forces in the world working against the hospitality sector, Sayliss is keeping a cool head and her eyes fixed forward. But with so much responsibility for a young person, do these worries keep her up at night?

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Richard Smith (not his real last name) outside his home in Bow

Portrait: Richard on being HIV positive and breaking down stigma

‘I had a test and was very cruelly told, “yes you do have it”. I was not given a cup of tea or biscuit or offered any sort of comfort like that. The doctor passed me some pills and said that I’ll be on them for the rest of my life. And that was that.’

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