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2021 Programme Announced celebrating Shops Docks and Factories, Newham Heritage Month

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Newham Heritage Month will return this May, bringing previously undiscovered stories from the borough to light. The exciting line-up of events and activities selected for this year’s programme has been revealed at The month-long celebration of Newham’s exciting heritage will take place predominantly online, with free events and activities every week. Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the dynamic offering has been entirely created by local artists, heritage and community groups.

This year’s festival takes the theme of ‘Shops, Docks and Factories – Newham’s urban heritage’ embracing the rich history of industry, innovation and creativity in Newham. The festivities will explore the businesses, places and people that make Newham an exciting, friendly and welcoming place to live, with artist-led heritage projects on topics ranging from ground-breaking underground record stores to history-making factory-workers. The vibrant programme will explore what it means to be a citizen in Newham today, living amongst the rich social history of the area, there will be a special visit from Thames Barges in the Royal Docks as well as voices from factories still the backbone of Newham’s community. Intriguingly, the programme promises to reveal “Newham’s best kept secret”. 

The festivities will also celebrate the heroes of industry, innovation and creativity at every level, from honouring our corner shops and family-run curry houses across the borough, to paying tribute to the titanic factories and docks which formed Newham’s landscape in the last century.   

Newham Heritage Month 2021 will reveal insights into Newham’s fascinating past, including a unique opportunity to take a literal step back in time, with the chance to visit a recreation of Newham’s historic brickworks with a live kiln recreated on site in the Royal Docks.

All activities are free and open to everyone, book online at and follow #NewhamHeritageMonth on social media.

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