World War 1 affected Poplar in terrible ways, being so close to the docks made Poplar a target. ‘Our History Book' is a book written about the tragic event that happened in June 1917 when a Gotha plane struck Upper North Street School and tragically killed 18 children. Local schools and the community came together in June 2017 to remember the 18 children at All Saints Church and at Poplar recreation grounds around Poplar’s angel memorial. Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip attended the service and visited Mayflower School. We are determined that the story of our school will not be forgotten and by publishing this book we will tell their story, the story of their families, of Mayflower School and the community who keeps their memory and our history alive. The book will include a history trail of key sites of historical significance. Our book will be launched with local children following the trail.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
You are funding a piece of important local history, by keeping is alive you are teaching future generations about the sacrifice that was made in WW1. Learning about the past can lead to a more peaceful future. Help us bring history alive and bring greater understanding about how the past affected life in Poplar.
Steps to get it done:
We have proved that we can work with our community to bring people together with our centenary event in 2017. We will do this again with our wonderful history book!
About the space
E14 6DU Poplar, in East London has a rich history. It is close to the dock and the river Thames and Canary Wharf. Poplar was the most heavily bombed area of London in both World Wars. The area has changed a lot in recent years which makes it even more important to remember our rich heritage.
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