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Poplar - Past, Present & Future

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Poplar - Past, Present & Future

Poplar - Past, Present & Future


Poplar was one of the original villages in Tower Hamlets. From 1607, to the present day the area has seen amazing historical happenings. These need to be remembered and celebrated!

Stratford Delivery stage

pledged of £11,088

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

We want to produce a history of Poplar High Street (used to be known as High Street Poplar) based on the recollections and memories of older residents in the area. Poplar was home to one of the severe Workhouses in the last century, people like George Lansbury, Will Crooks, Clara Grant, Nellie Cressall, Julia Scurr, Susan Lawrence and Millie Lansbury all helped put Poplar on the Map. Today however, with the demographic changes which have taken place in the area, many residents have no idea of their rich heritage. Poplar is also on the border of the Thames with long links in ship building and the docks. It was home to the East India Company and of course suffered the worst of the London Blitz. We want to raise awareness of all this history through murals, a Boardwalk (6 historical stands erected in the area), dramatic presentations, art workshops and the production of a booklet with a web link. This project has links to history, the arts, music and heritage.

What we'll deliver:

  • Employ an Artist to put together the images needed for the Boardwalk
  • Organise a local community to do a mural on one of the Estates
  • Produce a copy of our History with website links which can be delivered to every household in the Poplar Ward
  • Run a week of history related events in August as part of our Summer Programme

Why it's a great idea:

We think it is a great idea because understandings one's local history makes people proud to be living in a particular area which in turn leads to involvement in preserving a living, vibrant, involved community. One of our primary aims is to promote inclusion in this area so that everybody feels part of the 'place'. We hope that through this project people will be proud to say they live in Poplar. At the moment there is a feeling that it is a 'dump' that nobody cares about. One of the imperatives behind the project is the need to bring local residents together, to challenge developers and others who seek to change the area for their own benefit, not for the residents. Residents who are more alert and empowered will be in a good position to sit at the table with developers and others, asking for 'a piece of the cake' for themselves and their families. We would hope by the end of the year that most people in the ward will have a renewed appreciation of the area regardless of language.

Steps to get it done:

  • Managing a History Week in August 2017
  • Setting up the Boardwalk for October 2017

Location Stratford

About the space

Poplar Ward is a strip of land between the very busy East India Dock Road and Aspen Way which seperates the area from the Canary Wharf development. Most of the housing in the area is council owned and managed with very high population density, a high youth population with a lower than average proportion of working aged residents.


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £11,088

6 Aluminium Dibond Panels - £4,456 (40%)
Mural on Will Crooks - £3,500 (32%)
Digitalisation & Design - £1,200 (11%)
History Week Booklets (A4 16pgs) - £850 (8%)
Other - £1,082 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

6 Aluminium Dibond Panels
Mural on Will Crooks
Digitalisation & Design
History Week Booklets (A4 16pgs)
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £11,088

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