Rooms with a View Exhibition


Listen to experiences of living in East London through the voices of local people, collected as part of Magic Me’s Rooms with a View project.

A core group, including older women from the local area and students from the Mulberry School for Girls collected stories and personal histories about living in East London. The collection of stories was then shaped them into an immersive theatre experience, Speak as You Find which was performed in October 2015. Some of the stories were also chosen to be recorded as audio histories which have been donated to the permanent collection of the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

An exhibition presenting some of the stories was also developed and continues to tour to community venues. The exhibition was created with Sian Rance at D.R. Ink.

Rooms with a View has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to share with over 12,000 people the stories of home from residents of Tower Hamlets, old and young.

We invite you to listen to the audio histories below. You will encounter connections and disharmony, whispers and shouts, all deeply rooted in the lived experience of East London residents.

Exhibition venues

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives15 January 2016 – 25 February 2016 View website
Bromley-by-Bow Centre26 February 2016 – 25 March 2016 View website
The Rooms
Perspectives vary because of our life experiences, our ages and stages, and it is out of this cacophony that Magic Me has created this exhibition.
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The Singer His Mothers Ashes Stepney Green

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The Old Boy and Old Girl The Restaurant The Neighbour

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Moving to the coast

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