The Bartlett School of Architecture


Whitechapel History Fest

25 October 2018–27 October 2018, 6:00 pm–4:45 pm

Buses drive around a building site surrounded by tall buildings in Whitechapel

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The Survey of London


Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Road
E1 1BU
United Kingdom

About the event

Whitechapel History Fest brings together a range of voices and experiences from Whitechapel over the years and marks the end of The Survey of London’s research project Histories of Whitechapel. A range of local experts, residents and historians will discuss the past and present of Whitechapel at this three-day event in the Idea Store, Whitechapel.

The festival will feature talks, the premiere of a specially commissioned film, poetry readings and roundtable discussions. Contributors include Rachel Lichtenstein, the Gentle Author, Ajmal Masroor and Dan Cruickshank.

For more information, please contact Peter Guillery at p.guillery@ucl.ac.uk

About Histories of Whitechapel 

In 2016, the Survey of London launched a new interactive website entitled Histories of Whitechapel, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The map-based website, designed with The Bartlett's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), is a collaborative and experimental resource, collecting memories, photographs, drawings and film.

Using the Survey’s own historical research on the area and over 400 submissions from the public to date, you can click on any building on the map to discover more about its rich history. The site has had over 29,000 visitors so far and will continue until 2019, after which the findings will be published as part of the Survey’s series of London studies.  


£5 per day
£12.50 for the three-day event
Concessions available

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About the Survey of London

Founded in 1894, the Survey of London is the leading reference work on the history of London and its buildings, having published fifty-two volumes in its main series.  

Photography by Derek Kendall