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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 and Raw Materials: Textiles in 2018; Raw Materials: Plastics will run from November 2018 to summer 2019.

We are now recruiting a Community Steering Group for Raw Materials: Plastics and invite anyone interested in taking part to apply by 15 November – see the call out here. To find out more come to our Open Evening on 12 November from 6 to 8pm at 183 Bow Road.

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, the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), 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.