Eastside Community Heritage

Eastside Community Heritage
The Parish Centre
Cardinal Heenan Centre
326 High Road






020 8553 3116

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Eastside Community Heritage was established in 1993 as part of the Stratford City Challenge community history project. In 1997 Eastside became an independent charity, and it reopened in new premises in July 2007. Over the years Eastside has worked on numerous projects documenting the lives of 'ordinary' people from and who live in East London.

In 1999 Eastside Community Heritage established the East London People's Archive which now holds over 1000 oral histories, thousands of photographs and video material all preserved and archived for public benefit.

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Archive, Campaign or initiative

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Whipps Cross Hospital Flyer

The War Hospital: Stories From Whipps Cross

  • 6 February 2015 11am-12:30pm
  • 16 February 2015 12-1:30pm
  • 25 February 2015 1:15-2:45pm

These reminiscence sessions are an opportunity for the local population to come and share memories about Whipps Cross Hospital, and their family's experiences in Waltham Forest generally during the First World War.

Eastside Community Heritage and Waltham Forest Council have launched a Heritage Lottery funded project investigating Whipps Cross War Hospital during the First World War.

What now stands as Whipps Cross University Hospital in the London Borough of Waltham Forest has an illustrious past spanning the whole of the 20th century: from its earliest origins as the West Ham Union infirmary in 1903, to the births of such well-known figures as Jonathan Ross, David Beckham and Richard Ayoade. At no other period, however, was the hospital more urgently needed than it was during the First World War, 1914-1918.

Eastside Community Heritage (ECH) and Waltham Forest Council are excited to announce this heritage project which will involve investigative trips to local and national archives and interactive reminiscence sessions allowing the public to understand the significance of the hospital and local area within the national war effort, as well as further access their own family memories and connections with WW1 and Whipps Cross Hospital.

During the coming year ECH will work closely with Waltham Forest Libraries, Vestry House Museum and the Barts Health Trust Archives at Whipps Cross University Hospital to collect stories through oral histories and reminiscence sessions and curate the resulting exhibition ‘The War Hospital: Stories from Whipps Cross’ which will tour libraries, Whipps Cross hospital and various venues cross Waltham Forest from May 2015 as part of the borough’s First World War centenary commemorations. Volunteers wishing to actively engage with the project in conducting reminiscence sessions and aiding research are welcome to express their interest by contacting ECH directly.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Hale End Library (16th Feb.); Vestry House Museum (16th Feb.); St John's Church Hall, Leytonstone High Road (25th Feb.)
Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, London E4 9QD (6th Feb.); Vestry House Museum, 11 Vestry Road, London E17 9NH (16th Feb.); St John's Church Hall, Leytonstone High Road (25th Feb.)
Waltham Forest

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