A new digital resource allowing users to explore former sites of Jewish memory in East London went online this week. On it you will find audio interviews, photographs, and essays about more than 70 sites (we hope to include more in future) that consistently appear in people’s recollections of Jewish East London. The memory map aims to create a lasting document of both the history and memory traces of the Jewish East End and attempts to bring the stories and memories of this rapidly vanishing landscape to new audiences.
History at Large
As an object, the dental dam awkwardly straddles the history of AIDS activism and queer sexuality, acting as an assertion that sex doesn’t require the presence of a penis to be real sex, while acknowledging simultaneously that such sex still carries risks. The dental dam was deployed as an object for sexual use in an attempt to abate the risk of HIV transmission, but its questionable efficacy as a barrier against the virus has reduced it, for some at least, to a latex relic of historical fears.
What does the heritage trail format offer to the communication of radical histories? Charlotte Tomlinson introduces the East End Women’s Museum’s (EEWM) Brilliant Women of Whitechapel, Bow and Barking Heritage Trail, which explores stories of ‘ordinary yet extraordinary’ women who have lived in East London.
On day 7 of the 8-day UCU strike action over pay, pensions, and poor working conditions, Grace Redhead and Matt Griffin discuss precarity, inequality, outsourcing, and picket line solidarity at UCL
Charlie Taverner reflects on how historical food walks can enrich radical history by opening new up trajectories and generating unexpected perspectives on the experience of the pre-industrial city.
Delving into Sri Lanka’s colonial past, Shamara Wettimuny shows how the ‘Easter attacks’, or recent anti-Muslim violence has its roots in the ethno-nationalistic paradigm of the island.
What is a ‘photography of the East’? Taking the case of the ‘paradise island’ of Ceylon, Vindhya Buthpitiya explores how the island’s photographic past survives in fragments, glimpses, memories and fading archives.
Trevor Jackson examines the history of financial crises in the United States, coincidentally in the years 1819 and 1919, and asks what the future of capitalism holds in 2019.
Decolonising History teaching and research at SOAS, a London based institution that uniquely teaches only non-Western histories requires an approach that is non-eurocentric but at the same time ensures that local communities and organisations are active partners in knowledge production and dissemination.
The streets of Haringey, north London, hide an intriguing history of First World War peace activism. Joanna Bornat explores a walking tour of forgotten sites of conscientious objection.