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Eastside Community Heritage

Eastside Community Heritage was established in 1993 as part of the Stratford City Challenge community history project. IN 1997 Eastside became an independent charity. Over the years Eastside has worked on numerous projects documenting the lives of ordinary people from, and who live in, East London. In 1999 Eastside Community Heritage established the East London People’s Archive which now holds over 1000 oral histories, thousands of photographs and video material, all preserved and archived for public benefit.


• To inform people through the provision of heritage and cultural based activities such as exhibition, publications, dramas, workshops etc.

• To empower individuals and groups to access the resources to write, to rewrite, record and present their own histories and that of the local area and community

• To promote civic pride through active participation and involvement in community affairs

• To promote greater harmony and understanding of interracial and intergenerational experiences through historical explorations

• To celebrate the cultures and heritage of East London’s diverse communities

• To provide independent historical, social research and evaluation

Application deadline: 
Monday, 6 May 2019

Help fight for peace!

Eastside Community Heritage has been documenting the hidden histories of East London’s marginalised communities for over twenty years.

We need volunteers to help us carry out oral history interviews with campaigners involved in the anti-war and nuclear disarmament movements.

We’re looking for anyone passionate about history and with an interest in community activism. Volunteers will be given training in oral history methods and media creation, and gain experience in community outreach and archiving.

This is a fantastic opportunity to record previously unheard stories, and use creative media to share their important message.

Role Aim: 

‘Not On Our Watch’ is a new oral history project to document and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tower Hamlets branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (THCND). We will tie the experiences of members in to the wider anti-war movement in East London, focussing on current opposition to the biennial DSEI arms fair held in the Excel Centre in the former docklands of Newham. This will enable us to create a new archive collection charting public attitudes to conflict and how neo-liberalism and the ‘end of history’ has affected use and access to London’s post-industrial landscape.


Volunteers will take part in training in oral history interviewing and methodologies of reminiscence, and archival maintenance and digital media creation. Volunteers will visit museums and archives to conduct research in preparation for conducting oral history interviews. After these interviews have been carried out, volunteers will enter them in to the Hidden Histories Archive, and use them as the basis for creating a variety of engaging and accessible media. At the end of the project volunteers will give summative feedback on the process, as well as accessing formal and informal supervision throughout the project.

Skills needed: 

Writing, time management, interpersonal, interest in history, some media skills advantageous


Oral history, archive (CALM), digital media.

Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Days to be confirmed due to volunteer availability. Apart from set training sessions, museum visits, and supervisions, work hours will be flexible and can take place off-site.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here