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Fraction of cash thrown at Rich Mix would make Bancroft envy of London

PUBLISHED: 00:18 19 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, A PACKED meeting held at the Rich Mix Centre in June last year discussed Tower Hamlets Archives, described as the Crown Jewels’ of the East End. It was the unanimous wish of all present that the archives and local history library in Mile End must be preserved on a single site. A fraction of the millions thrown at Rich Mix would have made Bancroft the envy of London.

Dear Editor

A PACKED meeting held at the Rich Mix Centre in June last year discussed Tower Hamlets Archives, described as the Crown Jewels’ of the East End.

It was the unanimous wish of all present that the archives and local history library in Mile End must be preserved on a single site.

I am a regular user of the Bancroft Library and asked at the last council meeting for the Labour Cabinet member for culture to assure me the archives will be preserved on a single site for future generations. He gave his word.

Now we know that this is not so. Secretly, the collection looks as if it will be split up and scattered.

The excuses become more and more ludicrous.

A fraction of the millions thrown at Rich Mix would have made Bancroft the envy of London.

The money wasted on the Canary Wharf Ideas store would have worked miracles.

The idea that Bancroft is somehow hidden’ is crazy—there are buses, three Underground lines within walking distance and even nearby helicopter access on the roof of the London hospital at Whitechapel!

In desperation, this amazing venue, its priceless collection of archives and dedicated staff are to be thrown on the streets, for what in Tower Hamlets terms is a tiny sum of money.

One of the more outrageous pieces of recent council vandalism was stock from the former Whitechapel Library in Whitechapel High Street being dumped in rubbish skips. Will we see this happen to our East End history?

Someone, somewhere must come clean before it is too late and a further act of cultural and historic vandalism takes place.

Cllr Peter Golds (Con)

Blackwall & Cubitt Town Ward

Tower Hamlets Council

Town Hall

Mulberry Place, Blackwall

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