The British Museum/BBC project, the History of the World in 100 Objects can inspire us to search for objects which have a more local connection; in this particular case, the Story of the East End in 100 objects.
They are all objects which have a particular relevance to the eastern districts of the city and help to tell its story. We would very much like East Enders to add to this collection with objects which you think have played a key part in your lives here, or for the district as a whole.
The objects may not, in themselves, be unique to the eastern districts. For example, the coronation mug was given to children in many schools around the city, but this one was presented (full of sweets) to the author at Fleetville School. So it is part of our story.
Central (now Fleetville Junior) was the first city secondary school to be opened by the county education committee, in 1930. It was also the first school designed to include a performance area. Soon after, schools also included dressing rooms. One object therefore represents the opportunities which schools took in presenting plays and concerts.
Email the author with details of a local object which you think should join the collection.
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