The Battle of Cable Street is one of the most important events in the history of Tower Hamlets. Decades before smartphones could capture ‘instant history’, how was this day recorded? There are many contemporary photographs and newsreels, which have become iconic. But there are also other sources that can throw light on what happened on 4 October 1936.
Join archivist Andrew Lewis on the evening of Thursday 6 October as he discusses the records of the Cable Street Group.
The group is a community-based organisation dedicated to keeping alive the memory of those who came together to stop the British Union of Fascists marching through east London.
Lewis will explain the challenging nature of the records from an archival perspective. Outlining the cataloguing process, he will suggest how they might be used by those interested in the Battle as well as life in the East End in the 1930s. He will also offer some personal reflections on the nature of collective memory and public history.
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