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Raw Materials

Raw Materials is an ongoing research project led by the Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts. We are exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through a series of materials. Each year we take a different material as our inspiration: Raw Materials: Wood ran across 2017, Raw Materials: Textiles in 2018 and Raw Materials: Plastics in 2019.

For more information and to explore the history of the River Lea on our heritage map visit

Raw Materials is made possible with the generous support of Heritage Lottery Fund. Our partners for Raw Materials: Plastics are University College London, Museum of Design in Plastics (Arts University Bournemouth), The Victoria & Albert Museum, and local archives from Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, and Suffolk, as well as Valence House and Vestry House Museum.