Setting Out Our Stall: Join us in Watney Market, 18 March

We're happy to announce that our Setting Out Our Stall project is coming to Watney Market! Our stall will be open between 9am and 5pm, Saturday the 18th of March and we'd love for you to join us there.

  • Do you have a family connection with the market?
  • Are you a regular shopper or stall-holder?
  • How has the market changed over the years?

We want to hear from the women of Watney Market, to record its modern-day history. Taking part is free, and you could be part in an exhibition about the history of the market.

If you can't make it on the 18th, please spread the word - tell your community group, your facebook group or even your next-door neighbour! We've prepared a flyer to download and share.

About the Project

On cold evenings over the winter, we've been getting together with a group of talented students from across London, to explore women's history; oral history and public engagement.

Guided by experts from King's College London and UCL, we've been exploring local archives to discover the history of east London's markets. Now we're taking what we've learned to the streets!

Dr Alana Harris, Lecturer in Modern British History at King's College London, said:

"We're delighted to work with the East End Women's Museum on this exciting project. Our students are learning invaluable research skills, while also engaging with local London communities and helping to build a future legacy."

Join Us and Spread the Word!

The students will be working on our market stall on the Saturday, 18th of March - to find out how women use the market today, and what role the market plays in women's lives.

We're keen to speak to women who use the market, who work there, or who have a family connection with the market. Download our flyer to put up in your local cafe, community centre or tearoom - please help us reach as many people as possible, especially offline.

To learn more about the history of Watney Market, take a look at Tony Bock's evocative photographs on the gentle author's Spitalfields Life blog.