Eastlondonhistory.com started in 2001 as a spin-off from the pieces I wrote (and still write) for East End Life, a weekly newspaper published by Tower Hamlets Council and delivered free to every home in the borough. Over the years it’s mutated from a text-only website produced first in HTML (hard), then in Dreamweaver (easier) and now in WordPress (my dog could do it). And as it has developed I’ve added lots of other stuff that doesn’t go into the paper. Increasingly too I’m being dragged outside the East End by history stories … hugely enjoyable, though there aren’t enough hours in the day to cover everything. Over the next months we’re going to be upping the multimedia content considerably (lots more video, photos and maps) and we’re also going to be exploring the vast swathes of open data now out there on the internet: we’ve made a faltering start with murder maps, mortality maps and the rest … so watch this space.
We’re also very keen to get more readers involved in writing for the site. I know that the most interesting stories are the ones that people tell you, and there’s a huge treasure trove of oral history out there waiting to be discovered. So if you’ve got a story about the East End, old or new, we’d love to hear it. Don’t worry if you’re not a professional writer, we can tidy it up for you. So tweet me on @londonhistory.