Joyce Hampton will be giving a reading on her book – Looking Back - A Century of Life in Bethnal Green – a leisurely stroll through 100 years of Bethnal Green and the surrounding area’s history.
Signed copies of the book will also be on sale on the night at £9.99 each with part of the proceeds being donated to the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Fund
About the book:
Starting in 1862 when children were often born into poverty with had no hope of an education and were often put to work at 6 years of age or younger. People too old to work without relatives to support them would often end their days on the streets or in the workhouse. Living conditions were often substandard but this was a century of immense change and within this 100 years, life changed beyond people’s wildest dreams. State education and old people’s pension were introduced. Working hours reduced from up to 72-hours week.
Hear how people lived through momentous times; meet some of the famous people who made their mark in Bethnal Green, such as Walter Tull (the first black British officer of WWI) and the lesser known who nonetheless should not be forgotten such as those involved in the Bethnal Green tube disaster of 1943 and whose fault it really was that 173 people died that night. Post WWII slum and bomb damage clearance; the great smog; local entertainment and a new chapter revealing all about eating out Bethnal Green style. There is much much more to tell.
Price: £4 adv/£6 otd