The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Launch Memory Map of the Jewish East End

30 March 2020

CASA, the Survey of London, the Space Syntax Laboratory and Writer Rachel Lichtenstein Launch Memory Map of the Jewish East End

Memory Map of the Jewish East End

The Memory Map of the Jewish East End is a new digital resource and interactive map that allows users to explore the social and cultural history of the Jewish East End. The project is a collaboration between artist and writer Rachel Lichtenstein and three of The Bartlett’s research units: The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, The Space Syntax Laboratory and The Survey of London.

Blooms Restaurant, 1977
Blooms Restaurant, Whitechapel High Street c. 1977. © Shloimy Alman

Covering more than 70 significant sites, the Memory Map aims to become a lasting document of the history and memory traces of this vibrant Jewish community. Users are able to listen to the stories, memories and voices of residents from a rapidly vanishing landscape, accessing and engaging with a substantial archive of audio interviews with former and current Jewish residents of East London, testimony and photos from the collection of Sandys Row Synagogue, the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in London, and collaborative research from the Memory Map team, including essays written by the Survey of London.
We are extremely proud to be launching the Memory Map of the Jewish East End. With a wealth of material to explore, we hope that this new site will become a lasting resource for people interested in exploring the memories and history of Jewish culture in East London. 
– Dr Duncan Hay, Principal Investigator, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
The curation of this map has generated many personal memories for me of all the fantastic people I have met who have generously shared their stories of life in the former Jewish East End. It is wonderful to be able to share some of this material in a new digital resource, with hours of audio, visual and text content to explore. 
– Rachel Lichtenstein, Writer

To start exploring the map, visit https://jewisheastendmemorymap.org/

A special podcast episode containing some of the voices and sounds you can find on the map can be downloaded here: https://soundcloud.com/user-887101577/memory-map-of-the-jewish-east-end 


Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Space Syntax Laboratory); Rachel Lichenstein (Artist & Writer); Dr Duncan Hay (UCL CASA); Peter Guillery (Survey of London)