EXHIBITION: THE FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY

The project exhibition was launched in May 2015 and toured 14 different venues in London and Manchester over the following year. It was enjoyed by more than 7,000 people. The exhibition tells the story of the disaster, the subsequent inquiry, and the creation of the memorial. The disaster is also contextualised within the history of the Second World War in East London. The panels feature main text, archival photos, contemporary photos, excerpts from oral history interviews and photos of interviewees.

The exhibition was innovative in terms of oral history display as it featured QR codes that mobile phone users can use to listen to sound clips as well as NFC near-field stickers which allow more advanced mobile phones to stream a sound clip quickly by placing the phone on a relevant exhibition graphic. We also had a CD player available for those without a mobile phone. We showcased the exhibition at the Oral History Society conference in Manchester and around 150 oral historians encountered the exhibition.

The exhibition was displayed at the following locations:

Birkbeck/UEL Stratford Square Building, Atrium

Cubbitt Town Library

Millfields School, Hackney

Bishopsgate Institute

Bethnal Green Library

Manchester Metropolitan University

Tower Hamlets Archive

UEL Library, Docklands Campus

St John’s Church, Bethnal Green

Crepe Shop Café, Whitechapel

Globe School, Bethnal Green

New Vic College, E13

St Matthews Church, E2

Genesis Cinema, Mile End

The exhibition is no longer available for display but the display panels have been archived at University of East London archive (Docklands campus). You can view a detailed image of the exhibition panels below, but be prepared to zoom in to view, it is a relatively large, seven panel exhibition so the the image size is correspondingly big.