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Geffrye Museum - Home project

The My East End Home Project was a partnership between the museum and Poplar Harca and took place over six weeks between October-November 2009. The group consisted of eleven Poplar residents aged 50 or over.

The project began with a tour of the museum's restored almshouse to introduce the theme of East End homes and then went on to focus on participants' homes and localities via photography, reminiscence and storytelling. The results are both diverse and informative, revealing a snapshot of images and tales from East End life.


Joe Hassan

These images are on my wall, behind where I sit. I’ve always lived in the Poplar area.

Family in Lounge

Mary Cavanagh

My grandchildren wanted a big sleepover at my house.They ranged from 18 months-23 years.

Pretty Girl

Margaret Zeycan

We used to swap scraps when we were young. It was a popular thing at school. Some are gorgeous.

Balfon Tower

Maureen Delenian

I like the light and dark in this photograph; I took it just after dawn.


Alison O'Riordan

I am in my bedroom, rain falling down, hitting against the window, it feels like heaven

Clifton Thompson

I like this area; I like the warm East End girls. I’ve been living here for 20 years.

Cross Through the Window

Jenny Eames

I got this new flat. I saw the big cross on the school opposite. It was an answer to my prayers.


Joan Parrott

My East End is a place of different nationalities. There is a lot of love here from true East Enders

Tea cup

Lillian Leonard


Sandra Rozee

My East End memory is of Sunday mornings when my brother and me would sit on the coal bunker.

Relaxing on the sunshine

Alan Correa

Man relaxing on the sun during the lunch time at Thames Path.