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Manor Gardens Allotment, on the site of the Olympic Park

'Growing Memories' is a project that has brought Stratford residents together around food and food history. Since the arrival of railway and industry in the 1840s, Stratford has experienced the migration of new communities arriving to work and build their lives. This trend continues to the present day. Each culture has it's own histories, memories, and foods, from the Cockney classic, cockles, to Caribbean cuisine, and curry cooking. Eastside Community Heritage recorded these experiences through interviews, reminiscence sessions, community gardening sessions, and school workshops. We also explored changes on the high street, and access to other public spaces, particularly the Olympic Park.

Eastside Community Heritage

Eastside Community Heritage seeks to build, service and enable partnerships which record, document and preserve the experiences of different communities, through the provision of social, cultural, educational and historical activities. Our methodology incorporates education and training, with schools, families and adult learners. Eastside produces exhibitions, publications and multi media which are an opportunity for all cultures and age ranges to engage in a proactive discovery of their own and their community’s history, culture and heritage. 

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