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Community Steering Group: Raw Materials Textiles

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:00

Community Steering Group Raw Materials: Textiles | Exploring the heritage of the River Lea Valley 

Bow Arts is looking for members of the community to form part of a voluntary Community Steering Group for their latest Heritage Lottery Funded project Raw Materials. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with and explore the heritage of the River Lea Valley.  

The Community Steering group will work alongside the Project Manager to record the heritage of textiles through archive and museum collections, site visits and research which will be supported by local project partners. The project will culminate in a comprehensive online resource, heritage map and an exhibition in the Nunnery Gallery including loans of archival objects.  

This is a great opportunity to learn more about your local heritage through archives and museum collections, including Hackney, Newham and the V&A, all of whom are supporting the project through access to their collections and specialist advice.  

Research will be carried out by the group in the following ways: 

  • By attending the project archive and institution collection visits.  
  • By attending the River Lea heritage site visits.  
  • By researching independently any element of the industrial heritage of textiles in the River Lea area between the years of 1600 -1900.  

Community Steering Group Members should have an interest in: 

  • History and visiting archive and museum collections (these visits will likely take place during working hours on weekdays – dates will be given in advance).  
  • Carrying out research both independently and as part of a group. 
  • The industrial development of the River Lea area and investigating the heritage of textiles. 
  • Recording research through writing, photography and / or other means. 
  • Recording findings digitally online (training will be given). 

There will be the (optional) opportunity to be further involved with the project through the programme of events, such as conducting a tour of heritage sites or contributing as part of a publication online and/or in print.  

The Project Manager of Raw Materials and the Gallery Manager of the Nunnery Gallery will work with you and provide guidance throughout.

Timescale and Commitment: 
The Community Steering Group will commence and run from late October 2017 - March 2018. This will entail: 

  • Approximately 6 archive and heritage site visits running from November to December 2017.  
  • Monthly meetings (evening) 
  • Website training 

Please email your interest to Project Manager, Jan Cullen –

Please state why you’d like to be part of the Community Steering Group, how you would benefit/contribute to the project, why you are interested in this area of research and where you live. 

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Contact Name: 
Jan Cullen
Thursday, October 19, 2017