Welcome to the Island History Trust Web-site
This page gives you some basic information about Trust activities. See other pages for more detail
You can visit the Isle of Dogs' Photograph and Ephemera Collections on our data-base
See Visiting Us
You can also see the hard-copy Island Photograph Collection at Tower Hamlets Local History and Archive in Bancroft Road, Mile End, London E1
There are many other useful resources there, for your family and local history research; the friendly staff will help you to find your way around!
For opening times and directions to the Borough Archive, telephone 0207 364 1290 or go to www.ideastore.co.uk/local-history
Island History is housed in the lovely St. John's Community Centre, 37-43 Glengall Grove, London E14 3NE, with easy access for public transport, and parking.
Last year we were awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant towards the costs of cataloguing and archiving Mike Seaborne's 1980s photographs of the Island
You can now see these photographs on the new web site: www.80sislandphotos.org.uk
Visit this website to go back 30 years to the Island as it was just before redevelopment, when some of the traditional industries still survived, and the physical environment still bore traces of its Victorian and mid-twentieth century character.
Above: Saunders Ness Road and the old Cumberland Oil Mills, early 1980s; photograph copyright Mike Seaborne
Between 1983 and 1986, London photographer Mike Seaborne, working closely with Island History, created this photographic record of life on the Isle of Dogs, just as it was on the point of transition from an industrial and trading community into the finance and banking centre it is today. The work was funded by a small grant from local government arts money, supplemented by voluntary input from Mike and Island History staff. Mike photographed the streets, pubs, small shops, new ASDA superstore, community meetings and action; he spent hours with established Island companies Burrell's, Tate and Lyle, and Lenanton's, recording everyday working life; he captured phases in the construction of the Dockland's Light Railway from Limehouse to Island Gardens as it carved a route across the old Canary Wharf and over the docks. He pictured small businesses at work - car-repair and cafes; he took his camera into Cubitt Town School and George Green's Centre.
30 years on, thanks to further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and to more voluntary input and the support of Island History, Mike's fantastic photographs have now been digitised, archived and catalogued. The nearly 1,500 images are an invaluable record of the Island which has gone. See for yourself the haunting beauty of derelict industrial workshops, the desolation of the abandoned docks and the vibrant life of the Island community at www.80sislandphotos.org.uk . email Mike your comments and say "thanks" for the great job he has done.
Below: When Mike Seaborne took this photograph, he was standing with his back to Tiller Road, looking east towards the old Glengall crossing of the Millwall Dock. Stand there today for a completely altered view, along the new Pepper Street - but still crossing the dock! copyright Mike Seaborne
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