Survey of London: Whitechapel Initiative

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Bartlett Sch of Architecture

Abstract

This project is an experiment in the creation and dissemination of urban history. It establishes a publicly collaborative website of the highest calibre dedicated to the history of the London East End district of Whitechapel. This website stands as a resource in its own right and also constitutes a base for a printed volume in the Survey of London series. Begun in the 1890s, the Survey of London was founded with a commitment to the advancement of social equality and solidarity through shared understandings of a common built environment. That commitment is now renewed in this digital initiative which draws on strengths that derive from the Survey's well-established approaches to topographical and architectural history. Across decades and disparate parts of the metropolis, the Survey of London has developed an inclusive approach to urban history, with social contexts strongly presented as crucial determinants of architecture. Regularly cited for its high academic standards, the series has long presented its comprehensive synoptic accounts of urban fabric in book form, incorporating assessments of demographic, social, industrial and commercial characters based in close investigation of archives and building fabric. The Whitechapel project is the Survey of London's first initiative from within the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and draws on the pioneering technological and public engagement expertise of UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. The map-based website involves the public in research for and the drafting and compiling of the Survey's texts and illustrations. At the same time, the project maintains full commitment to the qualities and standards that have given the Survey its strong reputation for public-service scholarship. Undertaken in partnership with Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, with support from Historic England, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the East London Mosque and Wilton's Music Hall, the Survey of London's engagement with Whitechapel includes plans for newly catalogued archives, exhibitions and events such as walking tours, as well as for the publication of scholarship in journals and, in due course, in a Survey volume. A broadly collaborative approach to understanding the architectural expressions of Whitechapel's rich histories is an appropriate way to illuminate stories of housing, commerce, religion and entertainment, wealth and poverty, dissent, reform and conflict. Immigration is a primary historical fact, embracing over centuries German, Irish, East European Jewish and Bengali settlements. Whitechapel's history and present circumstances make it an excellent testing ground for the experimental formation of a public history from below with receptivity to both difference and universality in experiences of the built environment. The material that the website hosts ranges from contemporary photographs and records back to early views, maps and architectural drawings, on to newly synthesized archive-based historical accounts of building projects to oral reminiscences. Topography will serve as a gate for the presentation of personal experiences of buildings (housing, schools, places of worship and others) whether positive or negative - articulating changes witnessed, epiphanies had, or travails borne. Alongside the forces of capitalism, social and ethnic heterogeneity, religious diversity and vernacular energy are all manifest in the area's architecture. The Survey of London is largely about agency in the built environment; the aim now is to search more deeply for evidence of ordinary agency. With support from both academic and local communities, this project will be stimulating for British architectural and social history. No urban historical series has embarked on such a venture. It aims to be exemplary, setting a new standard not only for the future development of the Survey of London but for urban histories across the world.

Planned Impact

The non-academic beneficiaries of this research will be:

1 - the London public at large
The project will give the public access to better knowledge about Whitechapel and its buildings, and an opportunity to engage with the production of history, so educating not just about the place, but also about historical methods. In the introduction of 1896 to the series' first monograph on Trinity Hospital in the Mile End Road the Survey of London's founder, C. R. Ashbee, wrote: 'We plead that the object of the work we have before us, is to make nobler and more humanly enjoyable the life of the great city whose record we seek to mark down; to preserve of it for her children and those yet to come whatever is best in her past or fairest in her present ... and to stimulate amongst her citizens that historic and social conscience which to all great communities is their most sacred possession.' Reinterpreted to address modern needs and sensibilities, the mission articulated by Ashbee is absolutely worth sustaining.

2 - local communities
Aspects of history that have remained hidden or known only to one group will be investigated and opened up, addressing subjects ranging from land tenure to religious worship within houses (from conventicles to chevda to house-mosques) to redistributions of housing (from slums to gentrification). The exchange of information is as important as, if not essentially the same as, new discovery. The history of the East London Mosque is a story of interest in its own right. It will have far greater resonance and wider societal value for being brought together with histories of earlier German churches and Jewish synagogues in its immediate neighbourhood. Events and exhibitions will build and reinforce this impact, as is described elsewhere in this proposal.

3 - heritage professionals, local authorities, architects and planners
The Whitechapel project will result in a vastly improved knowledge base relating to an area of London that is undergoing enormous change. The nature of this knowledge will range from overviews of numerous aspects of urban history to detailed building analyses that will unravel the origins of small sections of historic fabric. The Survey of London has long been recognised by planning professionals as a valuable tool. In support of the Survey's intended Whitechapel project the Greater London Authority's Heritage Advisor, Edmund Bird, has written: 'For both a strategic and a local planning authority, a comprehensive understanding of the evolution and character of the townscape of a particular area is a key component to its future planning and development. The Survey of London volumes certainly enrich and inform both our formulation of planning policy and our development management decision making.'

4 - local and family or genealogical historians
From archive-based accounts of building projects to oral histories, historic views and architectural drawings to contemporary photographs, material on the website will all be readily searchable by places or by names. Numerous short biographical histories will allow many little-known individuals to emerge from the condescension of history.

To conclude, the research undertaken for this project will by its nature perpetuate the Survey of London's long-standing public-service role as described in the 'case for support'. It fundamentally aims to broaden that base to engage with a wider and more socially diverse audience, supplying benefits of widely different kinds to diverse constituencies. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, English Heritage, and the East London Mosque have already expressed support for the project and a willingness to be represented on the advisory panel. The Whitechapel Art Gallery and Wilton's Music Hall are also supporters and committed to other more occasional collaboration.

Publications

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Title At Home in Whitechapel 
Description Rehan Jamil's interior photography was re-exhibited at the Aldgate Coffee House in June 2017. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact favourable comments from the public 
 
Title Changing Tastes 
Description 'Changing Tastes: Whitechapel's south Asian restaurants' is a short film by Nurull Islam and Rehan Jamil that traces the history of Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani restaurants in Whitechapel through the decades since the 1970s through a series of interviews with proprietors and staff in their restaurants. It was commissioned to be premiered at the Whitechapel History Fest that our project hosted in October 2018. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact It is too soon to record impact as the film is only now being made available through the internet. It was well received at its premiere. 
 
Title Judit Ferencz 
Description Five illustrations of Whitechapel locations (Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Peabody Estate). 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The illustrations have attracted much favourable comment. 
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/whitechapel-illustrated/
 
Title London Hospital Hoardings, Whitechapel Road 
Description A 200m long hoardings display along the busy Whitechapel Road, mounted by Tower Hamlets Council, and featuring the Survey of London's Whitechapel work, including images and guidance towards our participative website 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Huge visibility and numerous comments on social media and otherwise 
 
Title Poetry readings 
Description Our Whitechapel History Fest in October opened with an evening of poetry readings, opened with a talk by Rachel Lichtenstein titled 'Avram Stencl: The Yiddish Poet of Whitechapel'. This was followed by readings from Celeste, Chris Searle, Stephen Watts and Bernard Kops. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The occasion was well attended and well received. 
 
Title Rehan Jamil 'At Home in Whitechapel' 
Description Interior photography - a series of portraits of local residents in Whitechapel in chosen domestic interiors 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact We have been approached with a request for wider use of the images. 
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/home-whitechapel/
 
Title Whitechapel Histories map 
Description A large printed version of our website's interactive map was mounted at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, to attract comments and contributions through the use of post-it notes, that is in an old-tech version of our digital approach. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This was not a success. 
 
Description This project begun in January 2016 is still at an active stage. However, the development and launch in September 2016 of the project website 'Survey of London - Histories of Whitechapel' (surveyoflondon.org) is an early significant achievement. It has met award objectives in combining map-based interactivity with an aesthetically attractive appearance. Difficulties with mapping copyright led to an innovative use of Lidar data combined with 'ground-truthing' to generate an accurate new map. This has implications for others wishing to undertake similar mapping projects. The process is described more fully in an early blog post on our website. By November 2017 our website had been used by 110 contributors who had submitted 191 documents and 205 images. A year later there had been 203 contributors responsible for submitting 262 documents and 344 images.
Exploitation Route Our interactive website has closely informed the establishment of a new project, the making of a Jewish East End memory map (reported on elsewhere). We know that our work has been used in many other ways, New London Architecture sees it as 'an invaluable model', Tower Hamlet's Conservation Officer finds it 'fantastically helpful' and is using it for updating Conservation Area guidance. We have also noticed sections of our texts cut and pasted into promotional literature, as for the Empire House hotel on New Road in Whitechapel. As the project is continuing in early 2019 it remains too early to wrap up a final assessment of our findings.
Sectors Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://surveyoflondon.org/
 
Description The project is still in its active stages. Since its website launched in September 2016, a main and early focus was on public engagement, as is recorded elsewhere. Research by the project staff has tended to follow on. The impact that should otherwise be recorded for 2017 includes a significant display about local history, mounted by Tower Hamlets Council and featuring our project on hoardings along the 200m+ frontage of the former Royal London Hospital on Whitechapel Road. Separate funding through the Bartlett School of Architecture's Architecture Research Fund has allowed us to draw on the expertise of Dr Sharman Kadish regarding Whitechapel's Jewish architectural history. An example of the project's diverse and wide reach, not otherwise reported here, is use by the Urban Equity Lab (USA), with the comment 'Your project does a wonderful job of engaging the public in the city's history and digitising historic information.' In 2018 further public engagement, again recorded elsewhere, was capped by a three-day event in October, the Whitechapel History Fest, which attracted more than 200 attendees to talks, discussions, poetry readings and a specially commissioned film about Whitechapel's south Asian restaurants. A souvenir book was published for the event. The Bartlett School of Architecture's materialisation grant for 2018 was awarded to a project that has spun directly out of our Whitechapel website. This will create an interactive Jewish East End memory map through modification of the 'Histories of Whitechapel' codebase. This will in turn be made an open source toolkit to permit others to form other comparable map-based websites. Our findings have been used by public bodies (Tower Hamlets Council), architects, developers, planners and numerous others, through our website. Conference papers and publications are reinforcing awareness and the spread of information. To November 2018 the website had 43,012 users and 63,059 sessions of use. London accounts for 45% of the use.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Oral history training
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description UCL Bartlett School of Architecture Architecture Research Fund
Amount £2,961 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 05/2018
 
Title Survey of London - Histories of Whitechapel 
Description The project website is essentially an interactive map. Each of 1395 building polygons has basic data (minimum of a date and an image). This will be built on in the project's ensuing years. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact It launched in September 2016. It is too soon to report impacts. 
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/
 
Description Cataloguing Whitechapel archives 
Organisation London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Mark Ballard was employed for six months through the project funding to catalogue archives relating to Whitechapel, principally deeds.
Collaborator Contribution The library provided premises and supervision. In addition, they have supplemented Mark's work by granting us privileged access to uncatalogued Building Control files.
Impact We now have extensive lists of deeds in searchable form. Less tangible findings are described in a blog post, a link to which is supplied in the previous field.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Times Digital Archive - Whitechapel 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We supplied a brief.
Collaborator Contribution Data mining the Times Digital Archive through UCL Information Services Division supercomputer capacity to isolate all references to Whitechapel and cognate terms. This was made possible by UCL's Digital Humanities department (Professor Melissa Terras).
Impact The outcome was a database for internal UCL use only, by agreement with Gale CENGAGE Learning, the copyright holders.
Start Year 2017
 
Description '3D Schelling approach to examine vertical segregation in Whitechapel' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk by Dr Shlomit Flint Ashery was given to the 20th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science at Wageningen, Netherlands, in May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Boundary Blurring in Whitechapel: Whose history is it anyway?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This lecture by Dr Sarah Milne and Dr Aileen Reid at the Institute of Historical Research raised issues and initiated discussion around our project's approach to histyory. It was organized with the IHR as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Documenting Historical Change in the Built Environment Using Volunteered Geographic Information' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Duncan Hay spoke about the Whitechapel project at the 'Smart Cities and Planning' conference hosted by UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis on 30 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Migrant Constructions of Identity and Belonging: Whitechapel's German and Muslim Religious Buildings' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk by Dr Sarah Milne and Shahed Saleem was given at a conference titled 'UNSETTLED: Urban routines, temporalities and contestations', at TU Vienna on 29-31 March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Planning Inaction: Between Collective Behaviour and Group Action' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk by Dr Shlomit Flint Ashery was given at the AESOP conference in Lisbon in July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Writing East London's Histories Online' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Duncan Hay gave a lecture about our project as part of the Institute of Historical Research's Day School in London History on 20 July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description An East End story - the Survey of London, its late-Victorian origins, public history and digitisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This talk was a contribution to the HARI/ Centre for Victorian Studies Workshop titled Digital Histories of Nineteenth-Century Radicalism and Reform at Royal Holloway University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Australasian Salvation Army 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Publicity for our project in 'The Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History' (vol. 2/issue 2, 2017, p. 164)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description East London Mosque foyer exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our mobile exhibition has been on display in the foyer of the East London Mosque since January 2017. It was moved for a day on Sunday 5 February to be incorporated in a larger exhibition for Open Mosque Day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/whitechapel-project-exhibition-wiltons-and-east-lo/
 
Description Exhibition at Wilton's Music Hall (Gateway to the World festival) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project's mobile exhibition was part of a weekend public-engagement festival at Wilton's Music Hall.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/local-exhibitions/
 
Description Exhibition at the Write Idea Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our mobile exhibition was on display with a member of the project team in attendance through the whole weekend of the Write Idea Festival at the Idea Store in Whitechapel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/local-exhibitions/
 
Description Going Digital: Mapping Family History in Whitechapel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This workshop brought invited participants together to discuss artefacts and photographs. It was promoted as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description HTA Architects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Milne spoke about our Whitechapel project to the staff of HTA Architects, with an introduction from Ben Derbyshire, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, on 5 December 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Heritage and the Urban Historian: the challenge of producing multi-vocal histories of place 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Milne presented a paper with this title at the European Association of Urban Historians conference in Rome. Publication is intended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Histories of Whitechapel exhibition at Whitechapel Idea Store 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Whitechapel Idea Store hosted a month-long exhibition of images from the 'Histories of Whitechapel' project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description History of the London Street (Urban Design London seminar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk at a seminar considering the history of London's streets that allowed me to highlight our project in Whitechapel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Institute of Historical Research Metropolitan History Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An evening seminar in the IHR's Metropolitan History series was devoted to our project and the similar Layers of London project (HLF funded).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Jewish Chronicle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article about our project in the 'Jewish Chronicle' on 22 May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Jewish News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Jewish News' included a feature article about the Histories of Whitechapel project in its October edition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Local Historians Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar comprised a series of short presentations followed by questions and discussion, all about recent research from local historians broadly outside academia. For more information see our blogpost (URL below).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/local-historians-seminar-whitechapel-idea-store/
 
Description London Hospital estate walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Amy Smith, Shahed Saleem and Peter Guillery led two groups of about thirty people in an oversubscribed event, a guided walk around the London Hospital estate in Whitechapel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description London Society lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Peter Guillery presented the project in the context of the history of the Survey of London in an evening lecture for the London Society on 6 February 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description London Society lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The London Society hosted a lecture by Peter Guillery about the Survey of London that concentrated on the Whitechapel project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description London Topographical Society newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article about our Whitechapel project appeared in the London Topographical Society's November newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mark Ballard, 'Copyhold tenure and the nature of development in the manor of Stepney' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Ballard published an article in the London Topographical Society's newsletter (No. 85, Nov. 2017, pp. 9-11), addressing findings made during his time working on our project about copyhold tenure in East London in the early-modern period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Project blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our website includes a blog where we highlight events and recent findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview for BBC Radio 3's 'Free Thinking' programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082kwts
 
Description St Andrew's University walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Sarah Milne and Peter Guillery led a guided walk through Whitechapel for a group of MA students from St Andrew's University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description St George's German Lutheran Church lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Peter Guillery gave a lecture about the Survey of London's work in Whitechapel to a public audience at St George's German Lutheran Church, Alie Street, London E1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Storytelling evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hope and Fear in Whitechapel was a storytelling evening that was part of the Being Human Festival. Please see our blog post (URL below) for a fuller account of the event. The costs of employing facilitators (£500) will be reimbursed by the Being Human Festival organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/whitechapel-stories/
 
Description Swanlea ASchool 'Patchwork Whitechapel' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Shahed Saleem collaborated with 'make:good' to host a workshop at Swanlea Secondary School in Whitechapel for GCSE level pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2018/patchwork-whitechapel-workshop-swanlea-school/
 
Description The Bartlett Review 2016 - History is Written by Everyone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An article titled 'History is Written by Everyone' by journalist Dominic Lutyens about the Survey of London's Whitechapel project, in 'The Bartlett Review 2016', p. 40-45
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Royal London Hospital Estate - guided walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This guided walk round the Royal London Hospital and its estate was part of a programme of architectural walks organised by the Bartlett School of Architecture for UCL students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Survey of London's approaches to the history of East London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Peter Guillery presented a paper with this title at the European Association of Urban Historians conference in Rome.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10057740/
 
Description The places that make us: sites of significance for British Asians 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Shahed Saleem talked about the Whitechapel project at this event organised by the National Trust as part of a series of 'Home Away from Home' events connected with the India Club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University College London Digital Humanities seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session of UCL's Digital Humanities seminar was devoted to a presentation about our project and the formation of its website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban Belonging: History and the Power of Place conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper titled '"Born and bred in Whitechapel": diasporic narratives of belonging' at an Institute of Historical Research/University of Leicester/'Urban History' conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/15093
 
Description Urban history and identity in Whitechapel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Milne presented a paper with this title at a Heritage and Identity symposium at the University of Westminster, a part of the London Festival of Architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/2018site/event/heritage-and-identity/
 
Description Victorian Society Whitechapel walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the Victorian Society's Annual General Meeting weekend, Aileen Reid and Peter Guillery led a large group of Victorian Society members on a walk round Whitechapel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Whitechapel Bell Foundry consultations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pre-application discussions about proposals for the conversion of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to a hotel. Peter Guillery invited to be part of a group of consultees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Whitechapel Gallery Art Night Walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This guided walk was part of the Whitechapel Gallery's Art Night on 1 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Whitechapel Gallery workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This workshop on the history of Whitechapel was organized collaboratively with the Whitechapel Gallery's Education Curator, Kirsty Lowry. The participants comprised a group of Y7 to Y9 students from the London Enterprise Academy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Whitechapel Guided Walk with IHR for LFA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This guided walk round Whitechapel on 17 June 2017 was organized collaboratively with the Institute of Historical Research as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Whitechapel History Fest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Whitechapel History Fest was a three-day event based at Whitechapel Idea Store, hosted by the 'Histories of Whitechapel', and the major public-engagement event of our project. Outcomes included a souvenir publication and a specially commissioned film (reported on elsewhere).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/page/fest/
 
Description Whitechapel Walking Tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In association with the Whitechapel Gallery and on London Open House day, this walking tour included visits to the East London Mosque and St Boniface German Roman Catholic church.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://surveyoflondon.org/blog/2016/walking-whitechapel/
 
Description Whitechapel on Film 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Screening of documentary films in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Archives, part of the London Festival of Architecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Whitechapel tour for the 'A World of Architectural History' conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Sarah Milne and Shahed Saleem led a guided walk round Whitechapel to emphasise its long-standing links to numerous other parts of the world to fit in with the theme of this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018