The project will take place on the Royal Docks and the centrepiece will be a brick-firing kiln built with and by community groups from Newham, working closely with Brickfield, a community brick-making company from St Austell, Cornwall.
Brickfield was set up by ceramicist Rosanna Martin and Cornwall's last brickmaker, John Osborne. This will be the first time Brickfield will set up in a new area, gathering local materials and clay from which participants will make and fire bricks.
Earlier in the month, a brick-a-thon will see residents of the borough and UEL students produce 500 bricks to be fired in a kiln. The bricks produced by participants will be fired on Friday and Saturday 29-30 May signalling the start of performances by MA students on the research underpinning this project.
About Newham Heritage Month
Newham Heritage Month will return in May 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.
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.
The projects, who have all received grant funding for Newham Heritage Month 2021 are:
- Crate Digging: The influence of De Underground Records
- Newham's Wonderful Working Women
- Stories of Africans Living in Newham
- Counter Culture: Celebrating Newham's corner shops
- Drawing Woodgrange Road, Past and Present
- Heritage Heroes of Newham
- J D McDougall: Newham's Best Kept Secret
- Roots of the Curry House
- Darning Newham
- Connecting the Past to the Present - A Photographic Journey
- Creative Shopping around Newham Markets
- Voice of the Dragon: Sharing our Heritage
- Madge Gill - East London Textiles
- Shops, Docks and Factories - A Musical Celebration
- Rosetta Creative Workshops
New for 2021, Newham Council has invited projects to share their research, including photos, films and letters, recordings and memories, with Newham's Archives and Local Studies Library, as part of the borough's ambition to ensure the archive is a living, representative repository for our public history.
The full Newham Heritage Month 2021 programme will go live on www.newhamheritagemonth.org on 1 May 2021.