Hopefully you've already heard about East End Women: The Real Story, a pop up women's history museum which will be on display at St George’s-in-the-East church, just round the corner from the Ripper Museum.
The exhibition - and the brilliant billboard right opposite the Ripper Museum - was funded in large part by donations to 38 Degrees, who have been supporting this work. If you haven't already please sign the petition against the Ripper Museum.
There's a bit of confusion about the relationship between our two (painfully awesome) projects, so we've tried to answer a few questions here.
Are the East End Women's Museum and this pop up museum separate projects?
The East End Women: The Real Story pop up museum / exhibition and the East End Women's Museum are independent, linked projects working towards a common goal: sharing the stories and voices of women from east London's rich history.
The East End Women's Museum is part of the East End Women's Collective - a group of volunteers who have put this brilliant exhibition together. You can find out more about the exhibition on the East End Women: The Real Story website.
So wait - what is your project about?
The East End Women's Museum is a long term project to create a permanent museum of women's history in east London. Right now we're doing things like securing funding, establishing ourselves as an organisation, recruiting a steering group, and planning some community consultation events (fun ones, we promise).
We're not going to be able to open our doors any time soon, so we're thrilled that there's an exhibition open right now for people to visit, and we hope to build on what the East End Women's Collective have achieved.
That sounds good. How can I get involved?
Thank you! While we get ourselves set up the best thing to do is to join our email list. That way you'll get monthly(ish) updates about our project, plus links to women's history events and exhibitions from our friends and partners, and be the first to know about meetings, volunteering opportunities, and general pleas for help!
When can I visit East End Women: The Real Story?
The exhibition is on display at St George-in-the-East Church, E1 0BH 26 May – 9 July
Mon – Thurs 9.30am – 8.30pm Fri & Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 12.30pm – 5pm
Unfortunately the church is not wheelchair accessible.
Are there any events coming up connected to the exhibition?
Yes! The first one is a Family Fun Day on Saturday 28 May, 12-4pm. Come and see the exhibition, plus a talk by children’s author Alan Gibbons, history walk by David Rosenberg, craft activities, face painting, boxing display by Girls Who Fight, as well as games, books, tea and cake. See the Facebook event for more details.