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.”