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From Poland to Waltham Forest: New Exhibition Highlights 150 Years of Polish Migration to Waltham Forest

The Vestry House Museum is currently displaying an exhibition entitled, From Poland to Waltham Forest which runs at  as part of the E17 Art Trail.  The exhibition is on display between the 30th May and the 14th June 2015 and focuses upon 150 years of Polish migration to Waltham Forest in London.

This exhibition marks the conclusion of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to undertaken by Share UK, a non profit organisation based in Waltham Forest, with the aim of revealing how there has been a long history of Polish migration to Waltham Forest with evidence of Polish migration to the area from the mid 1800s through to the present day.

The history and heritage of “Characters from over 150 years of migration come to life through film, photography, audio and archive materials” can now be discovered both within the exhibition and also the project website which is now available online at:  http://frompoland.org.uk/

Reflecting upon the project, Share UK’s Esther Freeman said: “Since this area has existed in its current urban form there have been Polish people living here. They established businesses, raised their children and contributed to the community both economically and culturally, much like they do today.”

Further details are available from the website at http://frompoland.org.uk/ and the exhibition is currently running at the Vestry House Museum until the 24th June.


Recent Conferences and Talks Attended

Over the last few weeks, I have attended the following conferences and talks related to the field of both Archvies and Refugee Studies.  Further details are as follows:

Friday 1 May

`Recovering Stolen Generations, Land & Culture: Indigenous Rights & Transitional Justice’ conference held at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies.


Tuesday 28 April

`Researching Poverty: Definitions, measurements and experiences.’ A half-day workshop jointly hosted by The National Archives and The British Library.  To be held at the British Library Conference Centre.

Monday 27 April

`I was dismissed from University and Forced to Flee for my Life: The Rt Hon David Lammy, Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, ‘in conversation with persecuted academics from Iraq, Sudan and Zimbabwe.’’  To be held on Monday 27th April 2009, 6.00pm at the  Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS).  Held in conjunction with The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, (CARA), and The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).  CARA – http://www.academic-refugees.org/

Monday 6 April

`Archives and the Heritage Lottery Fund: Working with Young People.’  A training event organised by the Society of Archivists and to be held at the British Library.  Further details: http://www.archives.org.uk/events.asp?id=236