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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: Textiles is currently on tour at Valence House, Barking. See the Raw Materials website for more information.

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 the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our partners for Raw Materials: Textiles are The Drapers’ Company, London College of Fashion (LCF), The Jewish Museum London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, William Morris Gallery, and local archives from Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Newham and Tower Hamlets.