Chaneen Saliee with her family in Victoria Park. Photos by Matt Payne

‘I want my daughters to love the skin they’re in’ says local mum influencer

‘Representation is so important,’ she says. ‘Seeing yourself on TV, on social media it creates confidence because you think, “there’s someone who looks like me doing all these things, and I can do this too.”’

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Statue of Sir John Cass, Jewry Street, Aldgate

William Gladstone and Sir John Cass: statues with links to slavery

His blood red hands have been a symbol for the oppression of the working class for as long as local people can remember. And the statue itself represents a man who is under scrutiny by activists and local government for his record upholding the slave trade. Should the statue’s removal be the symbolic next step in the fight against oppression in all forms?

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Victoria Park with the City in the distance ©️ Matt Payne

Lockdown photo essay captures aerial photography of an empty Victoria Park

‘The drone allows you to see areas from a very unusual perspective and it has the power to completely transform familiar places. I look for the geometry within infrastructure sometimes and the pathways in the park provided that.’

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Etching of Daniel Mendoza

“Mendoza the Jew”: the boxing pioneer who fought antisemitism one jab at a time

Inside the ring, his innovative techniques raised the sport from primitive punch-throwing to a strategic artform, while outside it, his visibility offered a rare account of positive representation of Jewishness. Empowered by his example, boxing became popular among the Jewish youth, making it harder to stereotype them as defenceless and weak.

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Skew Bridge closed during the coronavirus lockdown

Open letter: why Skew Bridge on Old Ford should be permanently closed to motor traffic

Closing Skew Bridge has shown us that a different world is possible after the pandemic is over. Commuter traffic from Essex and Kent has found other routes in and out of town, and more local people have discovered that cycling and walking around London are both possible and enjoyable.

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First doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road © Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive

World War II’s first doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road

The first V-1 flying bomb, or doodlebug, landed on Grove Road, decimating the railway bridge and killing six people. 30 people were injured and 200 were made homeless. Here’s how it happened.

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The Kray twins with Johnny Squibb © Louise Potts

Book Review: ‘Krays: The Final Word’ by James Morton

‘This boy has been beaten by beasts’ are the first words in Krays: the Final Word, spoken by a Thames Court magistrate investigating the assault on a boy called Roy Harvey who was allegedly beaten with chains by the Kray Twins and their friend Patrick Aucott in Mare Street, Hackney.

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Closed for lockdown, Bow Road tube station 2020 © Michael John Oliver

The controversial history of Bow Road tube station

Bow Road tube station is best known for its playful, colourful pillars that line its platforms. But did you know this station has a rather turbulent history? We dive into the story behind Bow Road’s tube station.

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