In May we will be celebrating our 4th Birthday with tea and cake and our AGM. We will be looking back at everything we’ve done over the past year and planning for new and exciting adventures ahead. It is time to vote on the resolution for 2019, which focuses on mental health – read more about this in WI Life or on the campaigns page on the website. And we will also be engaging in some crafting to create new panels for our WI banner, some materials will be provided but feel free to bring any bits and bobs you have and would like to use. All this while eating cake and sipping a beverage of your choice.
This months collection for Solace Women’s Aid will continue to be shampoo and conditioner, take advantage of those buy one get one free offers and donate a spare for families fleeing violent relationships.
Dates for your diary:
April book group on Tuesday 24th at the De Beauvoir Arms from 8pm
Inaugural walking group meeting on Thursday 26th at 7pm – meet at Haggerston Station for a gentle 3km circular walk to kick off the walking group this summer
Knitting group is May 21st venue tbc but check in with the website and it will be updated as soon as we know
Our next WI community café stint will be May 18th do get in touch (usual email address) if you would like to help out on the day or cook something for the increasingly popular Friday café in the Crypt
On May 19th our local history expert, Lesley, will be leading a guided walk around De Beauvoir, it was a hugely popular walk last year and we have decided to reprise this for those who were not able to make it along last time. There will be sign up sheets at the meeting and it is limited numbers. It will start at 10.30am and will take 2 hours
Looking further into the future
June 10th Processions march in central London, where we hope to take our new banner on another outing
July 7th Party In The Park in De Beauvoir Square
2018 marks 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. Although the Beast From The East interrupted our week we were very glad to be able to celebrate International Women’s Day with a talk from The Fawcett Society. Angie from East London Fawcett came and gave a very interesting and stimulating talk starting with the origins of the Fawcett Society and the suffragists, led by Millicent Fawcett, and gave us an insight into their current campaigns and research around gender inequality.
We had a lively debate following the talk and also had the opportunity to see for the first time our De Beauvoir WI banner which we then proudly accompanied on the March4Women on Sunday. The banner was then displayed outside the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 8th (International Women’s Day) and appeared on stage at the Royal Festival Hall at Mirth Control alongside Sandy Toksvig and other inspirational women on Sunday 11th March.
A huge thank you to Hackney Archives who came along to our February meeting to talk about their work. They collect, preserve and provide access to records that contribute to our understanding of Hackney’s socio-economic and cultural identity.
The archive was started in 1882 by John Tyson, a Hackney land owner who donated his library. The archive was located in the Old Shoreditch Library in 1965 and in 2012 they moved to a specially designed public space in CLR James Library, Dalston Square.
The oldest document in the archive was written in Latin and dates back to 1356.
They hold over 17,000 images in the form of paintings, drawings and photographs, a small proportion of which can be seen online. Picture postcards, documenting the changes in De Beauvoir over time, are held here as well as photos of bomb damaged properties (see below) and photos of the streets pre clearance to develop the De Beauvoir Estate can also be seen.
They hold a huge collection of maps providing a major source of information on how the area has developed over time . Along with ‘Street Directories’ which were published between 1840-1930 giving list of residents and the drain surveys which began in 1856 – all hold a vast amount of knowledge about the footprint of individual properties.
They also welcome volunteers to help them catalogue for various projects.
At our October meeting we enjoyed a fascinating talk by David Buckman on the work of the East London Group – a group of artists who developed from an art club at the Bethnal Green Men’s Institute and who achieved critical acclaim in the early half of the 20th century. Their drawings and paintings show buildings, streets and ways of life that no longer exist.
There are 2 exhibitions currently taking place showing various works from the East London Group
At the Nunnery gallery in Bow until 17th December, and at Southampton City Art Gallery until early January 2018.
At our next meeting on 2nd March we are back with a local history theme: