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Empire and the making of East London

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A lecture on the slave trade and the East India Company marked the opening of a new initiative dedicated to the past, present, and future of east London.

“Empire and the Making of East London” was the title for the inaugural public lecture of the new Centre for East London Studies, which specialises in the history and changing face of east London and its place in the world. 

Academic and author Professor John Marriott spoke to an audience of around 50 people on the role of British imperial undertakings in the development of east London as a commercial and industrial centre of global importance. He also discussed the lasting influence of the slave trade and the East India Company on the social and economic landscape of east London’s riverside area.

The centre, formerly called the London East Research Institute, reflects the university’s commitment to social justice and civic engagement.

Speaking about the launch, Co-Director of the new centre, Dr Penny Bernstock, said, “I’m delighted with the re-launch event.  It was really well attended and clearly appealed to a wide range of interests from local residents, students from Shanghai studying on our Urban Cities Summer School, and policy think tanks.”

The centre has events planned for September and October looking at London’s Docklands, and how the London 2012 Summer Olympics has affected housing in the local area.

“I’m confident our centre will have a great impact on UEL’s concern for social justice and civic engagement, and strengthen our historic ties to the local area,” concluded Dr Bernstock.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.