East End London

C A Mathew Crispin Street c. of Duval St. Buildings demolished in 1908

East End London: So much more than the place where you work

On Saturday 20 April 1912, C. A. Mathew walked out of Liverpool Street station with a camera in hand and started to photograph the streets and people of Spitalfields that he saw around him. The rarely seen images he took that day are the inspiration for a new series of events at Bishopsgate Institute from 10 March to 13 April called East End in Focus.

This series of events explore the intriguing history of this fascinating area, bringing places and characters to life. Hear the memories of those who lived in the deep-rooted Jewish community in Synagogue Stories, get another perspective of the East End in Tales Less Told or unravel the truth behind a notorious East End slum with author Sarah Wise.

There’s also an opportunity to retrace C. A. Mathew’s footsteps or discover who or what you might have found on the streets of the East End in 1912 using press cuttings, maps, photographs and ephemera from Bishopsgate Institute’s archives.

Head there in your lunch break or after work to find out more. Alternatively, see the full East End in Focus programme on the Bishopsgate Institute website.